Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Shades of ThunderDome

North Carolina's hog industry generates tons of manure that's so potent it can run computers, power tools and anything else that plugs into a wall outlet.
But extracting the energy from porkers' droppings has proven elusive. The technology works, but it has been a money-losing proposition.
The state's pork producers, working with Progress Energy, want to test a new way of tapping the flammable methane gas that seeps out of decomposing hog manure. Once extracted from the waste, the methane can run a power plant like any other fuel, such as natural gas or coal.

What will they think of next, first splitting the atom, now processing the poop! It all smells like money one way or the other!

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