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The BioGas Machine...turning poop (yes poop) into energy

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Hot off the EcoGeek press:

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You gotta hand it to those people who are creating real-world solutions to real-world problems. Giant solar-collecting space lasers are pretty cool...but Sintex is for real. The Indian plastics company has created a very simple "digester" that takes something we have too much of (poop) and turns it into something we don't have enough of (energy).

 

The digester can actually take any organic material, including agricultural waste, kitchen scraps, or cow dung, and convert it to methane. This happens naturally, of course, and is happening in your septic tank (or at your sewage treatment plant) right now. The difference is that Sintex's biogas reactor has a little tube that moves the methane into a storage container. From there, the methane can be used for any natural gas application. Cooking, drying clothes, heating the home, boiling water, etc.

 

(Read the rest of the article at EcoGeek.com)

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I was watching Dirty Jobs (love that show) and he was at a company called Cow Pots. the guy who ran the biz had a system that caught the gases from the manuer and turned it into power. He also made the manuer into pots for plants. The concept is you buy the plant in this "cow pot" and can just stick it right in the ground...pot and all because it's manuer. get it...

 

http://www.cowpots.com

 

 

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There seems to be a rising awareness about this technology. I've seem two farmers talk about it on different t.v. specials. I think this will be a huge new wave in the near future.

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  How awesome~ those Cow Pots would be amazing gifts.  I love the idea that they just sort of dissolve into the ground - super easy to transplant!  Plus, they're affordable (12 pots for around $12.99).  And obviously eco-friendly. Sweet.

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Oh yeah I saw that cow pots Dirty Jobs too.  Interesting stuff.  It's really good to see waste methane being utilized instead of allowing it to accumulate in the atmosphere, whether it be from cow dung or lanfills.  Good stuff!

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