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TOKYO - Scientists in energy-poor Japan said Friday they have found a new source of gasoline — cattle dung.
Sakae Shibusawa, an agriculture engineering professor at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, said his team has successfully extracted .042 ounces of gasoline from every 3.5 ounces of cow dung by applying high pressure and heat.
Originally posted by whaaa[/I]This is truly great news! Combine this new fuel with all the hot air from DC and we may all be driving Muscle Cars again. Just as the $2.50 a gal petrol had me airing up my bike tires; thank you deadboi, you have given me hope. Wait a second, the technology to bring this discovery to fruition is owned by oil companies. Never mind! Still anything that helps wean the US from ME oil is good. Thank you Sakae Shibusawa, may the rising sun shine brightly on your shoulders.
Originally posted by Beachcoma[/I] I don't think this technology is meant to supply fuel to fuel guzzlers. The Japanese are pretty good in hybrid vehicles and other low fuel consumption vehicles. I don't know the numbers, but I think it would[/I] be cost-effective if the operation is decentralized. The scientists are improving efficiency to make it commercial. Perhaps they can make the generator small enough to produce the fuel needs of a small farming community. I've seen a German invention that converts the farm wastes into small dry pellets that can be either disposed of easily or fed back into the machine to be burned and produce electricity. Pretty cool stuff.