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Poo Power – Generating Electricity from Waste

2010 June 10

Methane gas is produced naturally in the manure of cattle and Pennsylvania’s Blair and Bedford Counties will soon be using manure from 6800 cows to generate 2.5 megawatts of electricity each day. They will harness their manure’s methane using a new regional digester, a facility that houses and processes manure, storing the methane that’s produced. This digester facility will not only help the Clover Creek Watershed manage its nitrate problems; it will also help manage the 380,000 gallons of liquid manure generated every day in the area, and create a bedding or soil product available for resale. Finding more opportunities like this one throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed is on EPA’s Mid-Atlantic region’s todo list.

Would you purchase fertilizer from a process like this or one that came from a more traditional process?

Here’s another example from Rockwell, PA where farmers are saving the environment and money with these new ideas.


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4 Responses leave one →
  1. Trey permalink
    July 9, 2010

    All I can say is wow! Who would ever imagine. Like the farmer said “sounds like science fiction”. Thanks for sharing and keep them comming!

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  2. Felipe Cervantes-Sotelo permalink
    July 14, 2010

    very soon with the help from our friends ( M1 submarine robotics) the well oil spill will be controled and may be in two more weeks the oil will be put to the surface for their safe public use and the oil spill in the mexican gulf will be cleaned as well

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  3. November 6, 2010

    Bro, bookmarked your site, Its quite useful for me

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  4. May 16, 2011

    wow! this is a good idea but I hope this affect the cow’s health!

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