Published on July 5th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás


Poop-mobiles — New Form Of Transport?

July 5th, 2013 by  

Editor’s Note: Initially, I passed this story up, but when I saw Jo Borras cover it, how could I resist? Learn more about Spain’s poop-mobile below (but note that this isn’t the first group to consider using poop as fuel).


Would you drive a poop-mobile? It seems like the people of Spain would! In a bid to reduce the country’s dependence on imported oil, Spanish energy company All-gas is spending over $15 million to research algae-based biofuel. More to the point: Spain is spending over $15 million to research biofuel sourced from the algae that grows in sewers. You know — on poop.

Your poop. My poop. The theory being that we’ll never run out of poop, because everyone poops. That kind of poop.

(except hot chicks, of course)

(except hot chicks, of course)

Spanish energy firm All-gas is setting up the first of its poop-powered biofuel factories in the town of Chiclana de la Frontera on the southwest tip of Spain, which uses the town’s poopy wastewater and the plentiful Spanish sunlight to grow algae. Said algae is then used to produce a form of bioethanol, according to news agency Reuters.

Poop as Fuel

While several people have made strides in turning algae into fuel, “Nobody has done the transformation from wastewater to biofuel, which is a sustainable approach,” said All-gas project director Frank Rogalla. All-gas expects it to be fully up and running by 2015, when it aims for 3,000 kg of algae on 10 hectares of land, roughly 10 football fields, to generate annual biofuel production worth 100,000 euros – that’s enough biofuel to run about 200 cars or 10 city garbage trucks for an entire year.

With Spain battling a record 27% unemployment rate and an economy packed with cash-strapped consumers, however, is the poop-mobile a savior, or is this just  another example of large companies capitalizing on a resource that isn’t really theirs to begin with?

To put some more legalese on it, do you own your poop? Are you legally obligated to provide fuel – free of charge! – for the machinesWould poop become a protected recyclable under the same kind of anti-scavenging laws currently coming into play across the US? Was all that just another excuse for me to say poop in a news article? Poop? Let us know what you think, in the comments.

Sources: ReutersGreen Car Reports

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    I happen to think that developing alternatives to fossil fuels is deadly
    serious business and it offends me to hear people such as yourself try
    and turn Spain’s or anyone else’s attempts into what amounts to childish
    toilet humour.

  • Vic

    Personally, I think your focus on the word poop displays a high level of immaturity, and your statement that hot chicks don’t poop is nothing if not misogynist. Please grow up Jo Borras. This article would be more at home at Wattsupwiththat.

    • Jo Borras

      I feel like my comments on the legal issues involved, when so many others missed the very valid point, serve to temper the immature slant of the rest of the article. As for the site you mention, they don’t usually play in the “cutting edge legal theory” sandbox, otherwise I would have loved to be included.

      That said …

      • Vic

        I choose not to feel insulted by your reply Jo, of course the CleanTechnica editors are free to make up their own minds about what is appropriate behaviour for their writers.
        Regarding your so called “very valid point” implying big brother wants to reach up through the S-bend and tax your very turds, is in my view, nothing short of low level, tea-party style fearmongering, in this case directed at the nascent biofuels from waste industry. So please excuse me if I ignore your “cutting edge legal theory” on this occasion Jo because frankly, I’ve heard it all before.
        I happen to think that developing alternatives to fossil fuels is deadly serious business and it offends me to hear people such as yourself try and turn Spain’s or anyone else’s attempts into what amounts to childish toilet humour.
        If I wanted to read Wattsupwiththat style commentary I wouldn’t be here at CleanTechnica.

        • Jo Borras

          I’m glad you’re not insulted … since I don’t think any reasonable person would have been insulted by the ZERO insults I lobbed at you. You doin’ OK there, buddy? I worry …

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