car

New car runs on human waste

Sunday, November 21, 2010 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: human waste, car, health news

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
Healthy 12-year-old girl dies shortly after receiving HPV vaccine
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
Ben & Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
BREAKING: CDC whistleblower confesses to MMR vaccine research fraud in historic public statement
Delicious
(NaturalNews) Engineers from alternative energy company GENeco say they have designed an automobile engine that can run off methane gas produced from human waste. To demonstrate the engine, they have placed it in a conventional VW Beetle convertible, dubbing the car the Bio-Bug.

Methane, a flammable gas, is a produced naturally as animal feces decay. Already sewage works across the United Kingdom use anaerobic digesters to break human waste down more quickly and extract the useful gas. The process is often used to create fuel for electric generators on dairy farms.

"In order to reap power from poop, farms install an anaerobic digester which, over a period of twenty days or so, breaks down some of the collected poop's solids into acids, which feed bacteria, which in turn digest the manure and produce biogas," writes Alex Steffen in his book Worldchanging.

In the past, however, vehicles could not be powered by methane gas without a significant reduction in performance.

"Previously the gas hasn't been clean enough to fuel motor vehicles without it affecting performance," said Mohammed Saddiq, who designed the engine prototype. "However, through using the latest technology our Bio-Bug drives like any conventional car and what's more it uses sustainable fuel. If you were to drive the car you wouldn't know it was powered by biogas as it performs just like any conventional car. "

The key to creating a high-performance methane engine is a practice known as biogas upgrading, in which carbon dioxide is removed from the gas produced by waste fermentation. The Bio-Bug can reach 114 miles per hour. Scientists consider it carbon neutral because all the carbon dioxide it produces during methane combustion would have been released into the atmosphere anyway from the decay of human waste.

According to GENeco, just one British sewage works could fuel a Bio-Bug for 95.4 million miles in a single year, lowering carbon dioxide emissions by 19,000 tons.

Another way of looking at it is that the excrement from 70 houses could fuel a single car for 10,000 miles. Unfortunately, this means that methane engines could never supplant petroleum engines at current driving levels.

Sources for this story include:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/792....

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.