Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Methane happens

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that San Francisco is working on using dog poop to generate fuel. According to the paper (please excuse my merging of four of those silly one-sentence paragraphs into one):

So San Francisco has asked Sunset Scavenger, a subsidiary of Norcal, to find a use for it. In the next few months, Norcal hopes to place biodegradable bags and dog-waste carts in Duboce Park, one of the city's busiest dog parks. The waste will be collected and tossed into a contraption called a methane digester, which is little more than a tank in which bacteria chew on poo for about two weeks to create methane. The methane can be piped directly to a gas stove, heater, turbine or anything else powered by natural gas.
I guess this requires little comment. I'll just say, "What a neat idea! I'm eager to hear about whether it works!"

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