This is really happening! Microsoft announced in a blog post on Monday that they're building a new data center that will be fueled by the methane from a sewage treatment plant. The new data center will be a 200kW facility built at the existing Dry Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The pilot program is being called the Data Plant and it will be fueled by collected methane from the wastewater treatment plant as it processes sewage. As a reminder: Sewage is poop.
Yesterday, British sewage treatment company Wessex Water unveiled a car that runs on poop. The new Bio-Bug is a Volkswagen Beetle powered by methane biogas generated from fermented human waste, and according to the Bristol-based company, the fartmobile can travel 10,000 miles annually on waste collected from 70 households! Keep on poopin' for your mileage, folks.