With another winter on the way, there's hardly anyone in America... or around the globe...who?
Cars at gas station in Taipei
Bike riders on roadway
Oil rig drilling
Sign: Mining Resources & Service Organisation Geothermal Resource Division
Smoky thermal hot springs and steam rushing from pipe line
Sweeping refuse into collection tank
Pan: collection tank
Simple pipeline from collection tank to farm kitchen
Farm wife opens petcock, lights gas stove, puts kettles on
Farmer starts gas generator to produce electricity
Farmer connects powerline from generator to kitchen appliances
Taiwan farm kitchen with electric refrigerator and television set using power created from animal waste.
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Background: With another winter on the way, there's hardly anyone in America... or around the globe...who is not concerned how he is going to heat his home and run his car, and what its going to cost.
Some inventive people have solved the problem by using garbage or manura...and that's a lot cheaper than getting your power supply at the local service station.
At the University of Illinois, engineers say garbage turned into methane gas could produce ELEVEN percent of America's natural gas requirements.
One midwesterner cooks barrels of grass, wood and garbage to produce Lead-free gas to power his motorcycle.
In England, a man has transformed pig dung into fuel for his car.
So the world searches for new power sources to propellautomobiles... to turn generators... to heat home. The Republic of China -- Taiwan -- is typical of smaller countries that face the problem, but un-typical in its efforts to find a solution. There are more bike riders and more drilling rigs.
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And the free Chinese are also getting power from underground hot springs. American at Klamath Falls, Oregon have been doing that for 75 years. North of San Francisco they've been doing it for 15.
They used to say Chicago hog butchers packaged everything but the sound of pigs going "oink-oink." Taiwan farmers have gone one step further...collecting refuse from pig stay and letting the natural action of bacteria ferment the waste.
Germany mass-produced methane from sewage during world war two. Now, with petroleum priced so high, the cost-free system is growing in use in Taiwan. Paradoxically, the country is also constructing four nuclear power generators.
A simple pipeline carries the gas from the collection tank to this Taiwan farm kitchen and the only alteration required is bigger holes in the burners of the stove.
Scientists point out that man and cattle only utilise about 60 percent of the nutrients in the food they eat, so a lot remains in the bodily waste.
With an adjustment of the carburettor, the generator also operates on methane gas to provide this nationalist Chinese family with electricity for their refrigerator and television set.
When the pig manure falls to produce any more gas, the farmer collects it to get we more product.....fertiliser for his crops!
According to America's Old Farmer's Almanac, two farmer in Benson, Vermont, are fuelling their gas generator with methane gas from cow manure. With a load of four tons of manure, they produced a three month supply of gas. They say a herd of 80 cows can provide manure to create the equivalent of 30 gallons of gasoline a day.