Let it pee

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Let it pee

It’s hard to feel like you’re being productive drinking a beer – unless you’re at Sudwerk Brewery in Davis, California. Researchers have set up a urinal at the brewery designed to capture urine and...

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Let it pee

It’s hard to feel like you’re being productive drinking a beer – unless you’re at Sudwerk Brewery in Davis, California. Researchers have set up a urinal at the brewery designed to capture urine and turn it into a sustainable fertilizer. Every time customers use the "Pee-hive," they’re contributing essential material to scientific research. Researcher Harold Leverenz explains that urine – and the valuable nutrients it contains – is typically flushed through pipes to a treatment plant, and then dumped with wastewater. In this project, the researchers collect urine straight from the urinal and then separate out the important nutrients. These nutrients could prove to be a valuable source of fertilizers, which otherwise require a significant amount of natural-gas energy to produce.

Let it pee/jeu de mots entre to pee, uriner et la chanson des Beatles Let it be - brewery/brasserie - sustainable/durable, écologique - fertilizer/engrais - hive/ruche - valuable/précieux - nutrient/nutriment - typically/généralement - to flush/ici, évacuer - pipe/canalisation - treatment plant/station d'épuration - to dump/déverser, rejeter - wastewater/eaux usées - to collect/recueillir - straight from/directement à partir de

Publié le 22/08/2016

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