Street lamp powered by dog poop lights up beauty spot in the Malvern Hills

Life & Soul Magazine

The Malvern Hills – with its landscape of ancient woodland, rolling pastures and wild, open spaces – is famed for its spring water and breathtaking vistas. And now that claim to fame also extends to a streetlamp which is powered by dog poop.

The streetlamp, which lights up a popular area of outstanding beauty, is the brainchild of local resident Brian Harper, who was encouraged to create the anaerobic digester after becoming frustrated after seeing plastic bags full of poop tied to fences and foliage in his local area.

Brian Harper applied his engineering training to the problem and created the system that uses 10 bags of poop to power a street light straight for two hours.

The idea is simple: dog walkers deposit their dog’s droppings into the container and turn a handle. The poop is then transformed into methane via a process of anaerobic digestion.

The lamp stands outside…

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