Skip to comments.‘Methane backpacks’ capture cow farts, turn them into green fuel
Posted on 05/07/2014 10:20:22 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
Its common knowledge that certain types of organic waste can be harnessed as energy sources, with UK firm 2OC even recently turning huge greaseballs found in the countrys sewers into power for local homes. Now Argentinas INTA governmental research body has developed cow backpacks that trap the methane they produce in order to turn it into green energy.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, methane accounts for nine percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the US, and the agriculture sector is the primary source of these emissions. Recognizing that methane released into the atmosphere is damaging to the environment, but valuable as an energy resource when captured, scientists at INTA developed a system that places a cannula tube into the digestion tract of cattle in order to directly collect any methane produced. ... The gas can then be compressed and stored in containers, ready for use to power a fridge or even a car.
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GReen fuel, my butt.
As we say in the South...”That’s as useful as fartin’ in a fruit jar.”
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Don’t know if there’s a message in this.
I had an uncle who always said a fartin’ man is a workin’ man, if true he was a hard workin’ man.
So what’s to stop a cow from doing what cows normally do? For example: mounting each other, rubbing up against trees, rolling on the ground, etc.?
Alchemists used to have devices that they claimed could turn lead into gold too.
You’re dealing with libtards, here. They don’t think of consequences.
Is Methane lighter than air? I’m envisioning cows floating around with their backpacks... Or better yet, one good rifle shot and the cow is instantly BBQ’d.
Every liberal should be forced to wear one.
Hey, if it works and can survive on its own in the market (ie. without govt. subsidies) then more power to them. I’ve got nothing againast innovation.
Has the EPA conducted its usual extensive Environmental Impact Study RE the possibility and effects on the public of these “backpacks” igniting & exploding ??
A tank of methane strapped to a cow’s back.
My first thought....beef jerky.
The advertising possibilities are endless....................
My first thought is if they do it to cows how long before they try doing it to people!
Another way to launder taxpayer money and give it to liberals.
Sven and Lena were hitting some balls out on the back forty, when Lena really slices one into a herd of Guernseys.
So Sven goes to investigate.
He finally lifts a cow’s tail and there’s the ball, firmly wedged in the cow’s butt-hole.
“Hey Lena!” he shouts. “Dis von looks like yours.”
He went to ICS, but survived.
So methane released into the atmosphere is “bad”. How does using it as fuel change that?
Here, I thought they were unique to Minnesota/the Dakotas/Iowa/Wisconsin.
We should encourage sterilization and/or suicide as the ultimate expressions of environmentalist commitment. “You can’t really love the planet unless you’re willing to die for it.”
Because you will have to pay a lot more for it and pay more in taxes! now stop asking questions you, you denier!
There was a publication called The Mother Earth News that published detailed plans for doing this back in the 70’s.
It's not like cattle live in a hospital environment.
Not that hospital environments are bacteria-free, but they are typically cleaner than a pasture full of mud and manure.
I see a potential here for the development of self-barbecuing cows.
Uff da! My vife is a Svede, ja.
(By way of Lindsborg, KS)
I knew a bunch 20 years ago that did that. They’d even mail them back and forth. I’m not sure how the post office would deal with that today.
OK, one more then.
Ole went over to Fargo an, I mean and, bought a cow.
It gave good milk but farted every time he started milking it.
He was talking to his friend Sven about it, and Sven asked him, “Did ju buy dat cow in NorDakota?”
“Ja,” said Ole. “”but how did ju know dat?
“My vife is from Nordakota.”
The feds are already up our asses so much, I don’t think there’s any room left.
This is satire, it has to be
I understand the cows emit more methane burping than farting. Fart’s are a much sophisticted form of humor however.
This HAS to be satire!
LOL! Don’t get me started . . . I suppose you heard the one about the baby skunks, right?
This is so amazingly stupid and shows how much these people DO NOT know. The vast majority of methane produced by ruminants, cattle, sheep, llamas, goats, deer, elk, buffalo, come from their rumination. It is from the bacteria that exists in their multi-chambered stomachs that allows them to break down cellulose that created the methane. It comes from the front end not the back. It is NOT the flatulence. Capturing the flatulence will do nothing. Of course, putting gas masks on them to capture gases will prevent eating.
This methane will exist no matter what you do. If the cattle do not eat the grass something else will. That creature, whether large or micro-biotic, will produce produce methane as the by product of breaking down cellulose. If something does not eat the grass it becomes lignant and effects the health of the pasture. Grazed grass grows more grass than mowed grass. The eco-system is more vibrant and retains or sequesters more carbon than dead pasture or mowed pasture.
Finally, the methane cycle is a sub-cycle of the carbon cycle. It is heavier than carbon and breaks down far more rapidly than carbon. Comparing carbon and methane is to compare apples and oranges. Also, the UN’s own studies have shown that there is virtually no relation between the number of cattle and the amount of methane in the atmosphere. That is because, as discussed earlier, something still eats the grass and produces methane. Feedlots and dairies are a bit problematic in that they feed grain and store waste in ponds that enable the rapid production of methane, but it is the microbial activity ii the pond that produces methane, not the animal.
Bottom line, IT IS NEVER ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT!! It is about controlling the means of production, which is, by definition, socialism. George Will had a great piece about a week ago in which the first sentence was, “Environmentalism is backdoor socialism.” So very true.
crackpot science at work
most methane from cows come from burps, not farts
Who runs barter Town? Master Blaster runs Barter Town!
The commies and Muzzies finally take over the entire planet and now everyone has gone insane.
I don't know about that, but I swear, I thought turkeys could fly.
Methanogens are not considered a bacteria and do not aid digestion. They are more of a parasite. Possibly they could be controlled with a feed additive, genetically modified grass, or a methanotroph to consume the high energy methane.
You miss the point; cows are not the problem. In fact; there is no problem. The level of methane, even according to the UN’s own studies remains constant despite a rise or fall in cattle numbers. Again, it is NOT the cows.
But to humor your point: It is bacteria in the animals gut that aids in digestion. There are pro-biotic products that attempt to restore the bacterial balance to the gut. If the ph of the gut is upset, these bacteria die off quickly rapidly followed by the animal. The bacteria or microbial activity in the gut does an amazing thing; it allows us to eat sunshine! The cows is a vehicle to transport bacteria that breaks down cellulose, which we cannot, and provides us a consumable protein. Essentially, ALL meat is grass, all grass is sunshine.
Regardless, even if you could genetically engineer a steer that could consume a grass that produced no methane waste, should one consider methane a waste (I don’t, even the poop that comes out of the animal is not a waste, it has a purpose and is used), think of the outrage. People freak out over genetically modified corn, there is almost no way you could do an animal or grass. And who knows what domino effect will be set in motion by not feeding the soils via grass. In fact, the alleged carbon problem would bloom out of control. Healthy soils, via quality grazing practices will sequester more carbon quicker (Some say 5 years) than if we stopped all fossil fuel usage (some say 100 years)
Furthermore, if you could do a grass, there still remains the rest of the world is covered in your non-modified grass that still is eaten and decays and produces methane.
The point remains; cows are not the problem, nor is the alleged environmental imbalance, nor is environment the concern.
The definition I have of methogens is “a methane-producing bacterium, or archaebacteria, especially an archaean that reduces carbon dioxide to methane”
How is a bacterium differnt than a bacteria? If CO2 is reducable to methane, it would seem that mehtane, in some way, might be preferable as it breaks down easier than CO2
I think methogens have a lot to do with the acidification of food in the guy, hence its effect on the Ph balance of the gut.
Still, whether it is methogens in cattle producing methane or something else producing methane, it adds up top the same thing, something will eventually break the cellulose down and produce something someone objects to.