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7 Places Poo Will Power the Future (Slideshow)

7. Islands

Fuel cells usually rely on flammable hydrogen gas or toxic methanol to generate electricity, but researchers from Heriot-Watt University’s School of Engineering and Physical Sciences in Edinburgh have found a way to use urea, an organic chemical compound produced as waste when the body metabolizes protein. Their prototype breaks urine from humans or animals down into water, nitrogen and CO2, and also produces electricity at the same time. Such a fuel cell could work well to create electricity on islands, deserts and even on submarines.

 

 

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1:15AM PDT on Nov 2, 2014

Live long and prosper

2:04AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

That could be a real breakthrough for inner city dog parks.Some might even be more inspired to Actually clean up after their pet. But are these Park Sparks going to be safe from wandering hooligans?

2:59PM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

EARTH CRY video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jppmMcjgWS0

8:17AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

sometimes dog owners don't bother picking up after their dogs, great idea especially in nyc...hopefully one day they can build conversion areas like litter boxes in the sidewalk where dogs go to poo.

9:26PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Some innovative ideas, like the idea in the dog park. Thanks for haring

5:27PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Thank you.

5:27PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Thank you.

12:44AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Thank you for the interesting post.

4:13PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

cool

9:48AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

This morn, it is raining and it seems that Care2 will be for me, my momentary relief form the dreary weather.

I sit here with my original copy of Ram Bux Singh's Bio-Gas Plant, "Generating Methane from Organic Waste." I have had this book for 37 years, I will never let it go.

We are always trying to reduce costs for heating our 3 greenhouses, last winter was horrific as per cost for propane. A Bio-gas Unit will be a perfect fit.
Solar Modules and our Wind Turbine provide our electricity, and Solar Panels provide much of our heating.

I have built many Bio-Gas units in the past, so building a new one should be easy and fun.

Recently, I finished my ethanol distiller. While I will not run either one of my mint condition, Suzuki Samurai's entirely on this fuel, I will run 50/50 blend. So, I can save all the methane produced to be used for the greenhouses.

Since gasoline is currently priced at about $3.50/gallon, this production will bring it down to about $2.00/gallon.

If current events continue, you may well have to join us in seeking your own sense of energy independence.

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Interesting. I'm left-handed myself. Thank you for posting this.

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