This is interesting. When one considers the amount of bovine effluvia here in the United States you can see the promise.
In the case of the Japanese, they generate 551,155 tons of cow dung annualy. At a rate of 666 pounds of dung to one gallon of gasoline, this would net the Japanese 1,656,321 gallons of gasoline. However the process large quantities of heat and pressure. I suppose you could always use the methane from the cow dung to generate the power necessary to do that.
Now imagine for a moment how much cow dung we generate here in the United States. Not to mention the bovine effluvia being expelled from the mouths of politicians in the United States. Ok, that tongue in cheek comment aside, this really is interesting.
And of course lots of people have been using biodiesel. I think it’s great – cooking oil be it corn, soy, canola or some other oil. And of course TDP (Thermal Depolymerization) takes plastics, turkey offal, etc. and turns it into oil.
We might finally be approaching Type I civilization status. Using all the energy of our planet, but we still need to start harnessing the power of our star to make it all the way there. Solar isn’t quite up to speed, with roughly 30% to 50% efficiency at the moment. But solar power is a long way from what it was in the 1970’s.
Hey, there’s even a company that uses solar power to make beer. How cool is that?
It gets better. How about a home completely off the grid?
Its great – rising fuel prices always fuel innovation. And I for one would love a house off the grid. I bet lots of people would.
Ok – I’ll stop with the treehugger monologue here.