Thursday, 24 January 2013

‘Cow power’ turns manure into clean energy


Green power from cow pies? No bull, it turns out.

Farms across the northeast have begun employing an intricate scientific process, using cow manure as a fuel source, that creates enough power to sustain not only the farms themselves, but in some cases, surrounding towns, too.

The process, commonly known as “cow power,” may hold the key to help revolutionizing the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels.

One farm in particular, a large dairy operation in Maine, produces clean-burning gas from cow manure and food waste and, in the process, generates enough electricity to power 800 area homes continuously. That product alone holds the potential to earn the facility $800,000 a year, according to the Morning Sentinel.

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