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phicks
Lakeland, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 22, 2007
1:59 PM

Post #3308858

this should be what every ones working on makeing methane gas for fuel it will help in two ways the fuel shortage thats on its way and will help the green house efect to manure helps make the green house gas plus it could be extracted right from the air to

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darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

March 22, 2007
3:52 PM

Post #3309146

25 years ago when I raised horses, I looked into manure/urine collection from the stalls to use in a methane digester. Methane is VERY explosive/flammable and back then a system was costly. Even the methane fuel cells today aren't cheap.
phicks
Lakeland, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 22, 2007
3:55 PM

Post #3309156

i have freind who made his own works great to

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

March 22, 2007
5:09 PM

Post #3309380

There was a story in the news today about a SF plan to collect food wastes from restaurants. They are brought to a bio-fuel plant where the stuff is left to sit and decompose, generating methane. The methane is then used to fuel a generator.
phicks
Lakeland, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 22, 2007
5:10 PM

Post #3309383

yup

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

March 22, 2007
5:11 PM

Post #3309387

Sounds like a salad in the making, huh, phicks?
phicks
Lakeland, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 22, 2007
5:14 PM

Post #3309399

http://www.wisconsinpublicservice.com/farm/gasrecovery.asp i have a freind who makes his own from pig manure he sells of the extra pigs he all so has a trout farm in COL hes been doing it for 30 years or so he has a tractor he converted to methane and all his cars and trucks run off of it plus he has a whole hose Generator that runs from it to
Rocco
Tulsa, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 23, 2007
11:18 AM

Post #3311654

This site contains a manual for the building of manure to methane gas units in Nepal.
http://journeytoforever.org/biofuel_library/methane_nepal.html
garden_mermaid
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 24, 2007
12:10 AM

Post #3314360

Straus Family Creamery is using the methane from their dairy manure to generate power.
http://www.strausfamilycreamery.com/?title=greenhouse%20gases
spot8907
Ida, MI

March 24, 2007
5:09 PM

Post #3316030

IMHO methane is another resource that should be being more widely studied and utilized.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

March 24, 2007
5:29 PM

Post #3316071

These methane projects have been paying off - atmospheric levels have been stable for some time. CO2 is the big problem.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6170736.stm
McCool
Millbury, MA
(Zone 5a)

March 24, 2007
9:44 PM

Post #3316925

Thirty years or so ago, I was very interested in trying to establish a homestead based on organic gardening, re-cycling of waste materials, etc. I was an avid reader of Mother Earth News as was my roommate. At the time, the fact that burning methane produced just carbon dioxide and water sounded great when compared to all the chemical pollutants from gasoline and other common energy sources; however, now I'm concerned about the CO2 as it's a great contributor to global warming. Unless I'm totally wrong about this, it doesn't seem as though the production and use of methane would really do much to help get the planet out of the mess we've caused.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

March 24, 2007
9:54 PM

Post #3316952

It does help - methane is a greenhouse gas. It's just not the biggest problem. And without getting into the controversial area, there is still MUCH we do not understand about the dynamics of climate. But cutting the use of fossil fuels is beneficial in so many ways.
garden_mermaid
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 25, 2007
12:47 AM

Post #3317400

If you build up the soil microbes, they will sequester a huge amount of carbon from the atmosphere. Conventional chemical ag kills off most of the microbes which then allows the carbon to be released into the atmosphere.

http://www.amazingcarbon.com/SummariesHORSHAM.pdf
http://www.amazingcarbon.com/

http://ohioline.osu.edu/aex-fact/0510.html

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/01/010111073831.htm
spot8907
Ida, MI

March 25, 2007
2:00 PM

Post #3318740

The thing about methane is its so abundant and would be released into the atmosphere anyway. There was study claiming that cow farts (methane) were tied to global warming.LOL I'm sorry but I am not willing to buy that we have to get rid of cows to stop global warming. As a matter of fact I'm not a believer in man creating global warming anyway. The earth goes through cycles, always has, man may be making a small contribution but I'm not buying that we are creating global warming and neither are many scientists. But I do believe that resources such as oil are not limitless and that man to be a better steward of the earth. Methane is a renewable resource and burns cleaner than fossil fuels, IMHO we should be utilizing more of this resource.

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