Powered by What?
posted at 12:55 pm on April 21, 2009 by Tanya
I’ll admit to not being much of a greenie. I mean, I recycle, but that’s about it. But I’m a little bit fascinated, in a nerdy way, with what technology is going to replace gasoline and coal. Because something’s going to have to replace it, and fairly soon, right?
We had solar panels to heat our pool when I was a little kid, and they seemed to work well enough. Wind farms are pretty cool, if you can find room for them. Nuclear, obviously, is clean and super-efficient if you can just convince the hysterical naysayers. And good luck with that.
It’s all interesting and yet we’ve heard it all. And then somebody comes along with this:
Yamaha Motor Co. has taken alternative power to a new level with a cow-painted golf cart powered by poo. Well, not directly, but the vehicle runs off poo-derived methane.
In Japan’s Katori region, in Biomass Town to be exact, cow poo is processed into biofuel and then ultimately into methane gas. The bovinesque golf cart gets a tank of low pressure methane with a newly developed active carbon technology.
Ok, they’re still at golf cart status, so we’re not going to have to make any major livestock purchases any time soon. But it’s clever. I guess.
So where’s the next revolution coming from? Or is it coming at all?
Would you feel safe driving a car that had some kind of nuclear core? Or one you had to plug in? Or powered by poo? Is this kind of weirdly, perhaps a little antisocially, ingenious? Or is it just a bunch of silly bull… you know.