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(ABC News)   Farmers discover new use for cow poop; making electricty   ( divider line
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3772 clicks; posted to Main » on 09 Mar 2003 at 10:35 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-03-09 06:13:13 PM  
Score one for the internet, and cow nuts everywhere.
2003-03-09 06:26:45 PM  
now, who run bordertown?
2003-03-09 06:43:50 PM  
From the "this is not new" file - my HS biology teacher had one of these back 400 years ago in... 1976?

I believe "cowshiat converter" was the most-used name for it.
2003-03-09 10:38:33 PM  
Maybe this article could be linked in support of the anti-meat flamewar in the other thread:

See? We shouldn't eat them - they make 'lectricity.
2003-03-09 10:40:18 PM  

2003-03-09 10:45:55 PM  
There are so many alternatives to fossil fuels for electricity. Fark'n no good fat cat lobbyists are destroying the world. I had an idea that you could hook up generators to stationary bikes. Then you wouldn't have to pay to go to the gym, you would get paid to go to the gym. Seriously, there are lots of people who voluntarily ride those things all the time, expending loads of wasted energy; it may as well be harnessed for the good of all mankind.

And another thing that cow poop is good for: Growing Mushrooms.
2003-03-09 10:47:01 PM  
Don't 'shrooms come from cow turds also?

Guess turd technology is only acceptable if it generates $$$ :P
2003-03-09 10:48:07 PM  
2003-03-09 10:49:32 PM  
Like Dorkas said. I heard about this at least 7 years ago.
2003-03-09 10:51:32 PM  
Out in Tillamook Oregon, home of the world famous Tillamook cheese, they've converted two generators to run on the stuff.
2003-03-09 10:53:35 PM  
Mmmmm...Tillamook cheese!!! I now miss Washington even more!!!!!
2003-03-09 10:54:14 PM  
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2003-03-09 10:54:19 PM  
Tommorow on CNN - a look at the new "horseless carriage". Will it ever be as common as the horse?
2003-03-09 10:56:26 PM  
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Mmmmm...Farmers daughter....I'd hit it!
2003-03-09 10:56:37 PM  
Ummm, that's Bartertown, not Bordertown. "Not pigshiat, energy, me king arab!"
2003-03-09 10:56:53 PM  
03-09-03 06:26:45 PM Snaguaro
now, who run bordertown?

its bartertown .. BARTER TOWN!!!.. idiots!
2003-03-09 11:04:53 PM  
The sewage treatment plant in my city uses the methane from sewage to run a fuel cell, and soon a micro turbine.
2003-03-09 11:09:58 PM  
Why don't we just rename Fark to "Slashdot 2" and repost everything that goes up over there? Yeah, good idea.
2003-03-09 11:15:13 PM  
2003-03-09 11:18:39 PM  
I like Bordertown better. They should remake that movie and use that instead.
2003-03-09 11:20:55 PM  
GIS search for "Psychedelic Cow."

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2003-03-09 11:22:52 PM  
My appologies.

I was torn between the two, actually. And was too lazy to find my copy of the movie...
2003-03-09 11:29:46 PM  
If PETA don't shut this guy down, the oil companies will.
2003-03-09 11:32:14 PM  
If they could just harness the power of all the bullshiat coming out of Washington DC we could forget the middle east completely
2003-03-09 11:39:03 PM  
hell yeah - if the public as a whole insists on eating cow and pig at damn near every meal, why not use yet another product of these unwitting mammals to add to America's power grid?

in other not-so-news, ethanol and biodiesel can be readily made from grains and soybeans grown in the USA. and if you'd eat a few less meat-based meals a week, there'd be more than enough grain and soybeans to convert into biofuels instead of being converted, through animal feed, to mammal flesh. and this would greatly lower our dependence on petroleum, both foreign and domestic.

now i'm off to go hug the nearest tree. cheerio!!
2003-03-09 11:42:27 PM  
If they could just wrap the founding fathers in magnetic coils the spining in the grave thing brought about by Ashcroft/Bush could power the nation.
2003-03-09 11:43:54 PM  
...heck, Thomas Jefferson could probably spin hard enough to power the East Coast all by him self.
2003-03-10 12:00:42 AM  
2003-03-10 12:07:38 AM  
Cow poop... Is there anything it can't do?
2003-03-10 12:28:26 AM  
That's nothing new, nomads have been using yak dung to make fires for thousands of years. The obvious extension is to electricity.
2003-03-10 12:31:54 AM  
Farker discovers new use for computing power; "spell-checker"

"electricty" indeed.
2003-03-10 12:42:08 AM  
Old news....

You Yankees are really slow on the uptake, aren't you?
We've been doing that in India for like 30 years now!!
All the cow dung in a village comes into a big pit
furnace where it is burnt to produce natural gas,
which then goes on to light bulbs & gas stoves in
homes...Talk about the frog & his well, Jeez!!
2003-03-10 01:12:31 AM  
thats now new... tehy have been doing that in 3rd world countries for decades./....
2003-03-10 02:39:22 AM  
AreilP- the whole biodiesel thing sound great and all but the fact that ~30% of our farmland would be required to produce the oil bareing crops to make it, and that's only to replace the diesel fuel, to replace the gasoline..... Biofuels will never provide more than 5 or so percent of our transportation fuels. I have calculated that ~4 acres are required to produce the biodiesel that a VW tdi would use in a 15000 mi year.
2003-03-10 04:09:26 AM  
MonK3yWr3nch: You can use used oil and fat for biodiesel. What with all the fatty/fried foods, amnd the special disposal restauraunts are required to pay for for fats and oils, You'd think we could at least use it to blend into our diesel. That alone may increase lubricity enough to stop adding sulfur.

BTW, what crops did you use for your calculation?
2003-03-10 09:48:33 AM  
The farm isn't burning the cow dung. It's using the methane that's produced anyway to generate electricity.

There's a big difference between buring the dung and burning the methane. Burning the dung will produce more waste, and largely ruin the dung as fertilizer. This way, the dung is still good as fertilizer, the methane is not wasted in the atmosphere as pollution, and electricity is generated.

Did ANYONE read the article?
2003-03-10 12:43:44 PM  
I once lit a bag of dog-shyt on my neighbors porch. They could have left the porch light off for a little while and saved electricity.

(I was way ahead of this curve)
2003-03-10 05:32:05 PM  
I'm guessing we have no Order of the Blue Flame members present.
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