Manure may be the fuel of the future
An Indiana farm that converts cattle droppings into natural gas has captured the attention of energy companies and the federal government.
When talking to The New York Times about what could be America's next big alternative fuel source, Erin Fitzgerald of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy was as diplomatic about the touchy subject as a spokesperson can be:
"It's not glamorous. It doesn't really catch your eye like wind and solar."
Those are likely the most charitable two sentences about fecal matter ever spoken. Fitzgerald is talking about manure, which is now being processed into a natural gas source with enough power to run milking equipment for 30,000 cows, 42 tractor-trailers, 10 barns, a cheese factory, a cafe, a gift shop, a dairy museum and a movie theater at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana.
All of that is run by the methane produced by 5 million pounds of manure, and that has caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Energy. The agency notes that the farm is taking 2 million gallons of diesel off American highways each year by using agricultural waste to run the largest natural gas fleet in America.
The farm's $12 million "digester" facilities capture the natural gas and either feed it to electric generators or pump it underground to a fueling station. The leftover waste finds its way to the farm's fields as fertilizer.
Dennis Smith, the director of the Clean Cities program at the Department of Energy, said about 8,000 large dairy and swine farms could produce fuel with a model similar to the one at Fair Oaks Farms, replacing as much as 10 billion gallons of gas on American roads each year. That's still a small fraction of the 134 billion gallons of gasoline that the Energy Information Administration says Americans consumed in 2011. But as with the small percentage of folks who use goats instead of lawn mowers -- including Google (GOOG), according to Tech Crunch -- every bit helps.
Fair Oaks' efforts were enough to persuade Chicago company AMP Americas to partner with the company and produce more manure-based gas for 15 natural gas filling stations in Texas and the Midwest. That may not be a sea change in energy, but it's not just a load of excrement either.
There also not allowing all that methane to go into the atmosphere from the decomposing manure
It is being used as fuel in third world. Just keep eyes open and find many
sources of alternate fuel.
QUOTE: "enough power to run milking equipment for 30,000 cows, 42 tractor-trailers, 10 barns, a cheese factory, a cafe, a gift shop, a dairy museum and a movie theater "
Add to that every federal and state legislature throughout DC and all fifty states where it is a self renewing fuel source.
Isn't that something. With all the liberal College professors and and lefty loony's, it took a midwest farmer to figure (90% chance he is a conservative) this out.
I don't know how the left is going to handle this. After all, they are use to throwing it...not burning it.
Be prepared to dodge the coming terd storm.
People don't seem to want to wake up to the fact that there's too much money and power invested in keeping things the way they are and have been (infrastructure, suppliers, parts suppliers, distribution co's, consumption levels, you name it), that you are not going to get any critical mass to bring about the necessary changes, and 2) we NEVER talk about conservation anymore - of energy, fuel, water...so they maintain their power & profits because they have something we want. Nor do we talk about being self-sufficient - each home _could_ provide it's own energy needs.
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