March 7, 2008

Bullsh*t, the Next Renewable

Some California farmers came up with an ingenious idea to recycle their cow's manure into the methane. Manure is collected and stored in a vat the size of 5 football fields and 33 feet deep. Methane is naturally produced from the breakdown of the manure and as it rises it is caught and shipped to a power plant in Northern California. One dairy has already started this process with another soon to start. With both farms operational it is estimated the power produced can service 2,500 homes a day.

Not only is this process producing renewable energy, the power production provides a second income to those farmers who participate. It is an excellent way for the farmers to capitalize on an energy production method that solely uses waste products from their industry.

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