Lamp Powered By Dog Poop Lights Up MA Dog Park!

September 23rd, 2010 by Dan

What’s good about dog poop? There wasn’t much I could think of – It’s stinky and irresponsible owners create highly unpleasant situations when they fail to pick up after their dogs. However, in a Cambridge, Massachusetts dog park, there’s a whole new light being shined on the subject of dog poop.

Artist Matthew Mazzotta has created the “Park Spark”, a lantern fueled by the methane given off by dog poop. It consists of duel steel, 500-gallon oil tanks painted yellow and connected by diagonal black piping. They’re attached to an antique style gaslight street lantern that sits at the small Pacific Street Park. When dogs do “their business”, owners pick it up in biodegradable bags that are provided, place it into the tank and then turn a wheel to stir the waste and water contained within. The methane that is produced is odorless and is enough to light the lamp. Mazzotta received a $4000 grant from MIT (his Alma Mater) for the environmentally conscious project that will be in the park for a month.

Photo by WBUR

While lighting a lamp with dog waste may seem like a small thing, think about where this could lead if we realize and work with other potentially “creative” sources of energy!

One Response to “Lamp Powered By Dog Poop Lights Up MA Dog Park!”

  1. Case Calvert Says:

    This is a great way to use the resources that dogs provide and allows for a green way to power lights. This is a great way to be active in the dog community and provide for the needs of everyone else. In order for this to maintain we have to stay active in what our pets eat and how to have their digestion work properly. With healthy digestion dogs poop can continue to provide green energy. At they are concerned with digestion of pets so we can have these great resources.

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