- Mar 6, 2006
Newest alternative fuel reportedly not just a bunch of manure
Those wacky Japanese scientists are at it again. Tokyo-based researchers at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology have announced that they've discovered a new source of gasoline - Cow dung. No Bullsh*t.
Professor Sakae Shibusawa of the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology is reporting that he and his associates have figured out how to... ummm... extract .42 ounces of gas from every 3.5 ounces of cow patties using heat and high pressure. As Japan produces about 551,000 tons of manure per year, this could turn out to be a less-than-trivial discovery.
Scientists hope to improve the technology to the point that the process can be made commercially viable within the next half-decade.
[Source: The Los Angeles Times]