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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 04:51 PM
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Farms transform cow manure into electricity - California
Farms transform cow manure into electricity
Saturday, May 15, 2004

From The Associated Press

MARSHALL -- A Marin County dairy has become the latest California farm to generate electricity from cow manure, thanks in part to government programs that grew out of the state's energy crisis three years ago.

The Straus Family Creamery's new $280,000 methane digester, unveiled Thursday, converts manure from its herd of 270 cows into electricity that helps power the farm and creamery.

Environmentalists say the methane digester represents a breakthrough for the state's dairy industry, which leads the nation in the production of milk and cheese.

The technology not only provides an alternative form of energy, but helps cut emissions of methane -- a greenhouse gas far more damaging to the ozone layer than carbon dioxide. It also reduces agricultural runoff that pollutes surface and ground water with coliform bacteria and nitrogen.

more... http://www.napanews.com/templates/index.cfm?template=st...
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7th_Sephiroth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 04:58 PM
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1. landfills have been doing similar things
they produce energy wich, unlike recycleing, eats energy, watch the penn & Teller Bullshit episode about recycleing
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DBoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 05:03 PM
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2. I'm not convinced this is practical
basically something smells about this story.


(no no don't hit me I know its a bad joke)
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soothsayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 05:08 PM
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3. shrub admin transforms cow manure into policy (n/t)
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Don_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 05:08 PM
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4. It's Only New In The US
Several long-term projects in China, India and Africa has used the same method to generate low-cost electricity for their villages.

The $280,000 tank sounds like a pork-barrel project though.
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NuttyFluffers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 06:09 PM
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5. yup, heard about this over 6 years ago too in India
cool, we are catching up to rural villages in India, yay!
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 06:40 PM
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6. Manure to methane to electricity
Princeton, Minn. For a time last winter, Dennis Haubenschilds dairy cows were earning him 40 cents a day from their milk and 30 cents a day from their electricity.

Electricity from cows? Thats right.

http://www.auri.org/news/ainjul01/05page.htm
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jcldragon Donating Member (228 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 10:07 AM
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7. Solving problems by using our brains?
Whoda thunk it?
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theoceansnerves Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 08:38 PM
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8. this is what they did
in mad max: beyond thunderdome. only they used pigs as the source of manure :D
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Mr. McD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-04 10:00 AM
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9. They need to do this in Washington DC. There is enough BS
there these days to fuel half the country.
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