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Generating electricity from Manure: Methane electricity to power rural economy

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Junkers 109

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Generating electricity from manure is a technology that heralds an important promise for rural towns and kampongs in Sabah as it provides communities with an invaluable opportunity to experience real returns to the rural economy , and a big PLUS for the environment.

With the rest of the world trying to reduce their carbon footprints, utilizing such technologies offer a great promise for farmers and relieves highly populated urban centers of their manure management problem.

Methane power-plants are sustainable, economical and practical. It is sustainable because electricity production depend on really… just manure and that can be acquired by the thousands or even million metric of tonnes from the farms and human manure from sewage plants, but dont hold your nose away in disgust just yet. Methane plants exist and the technology is being hotly utilized around the world, proof? Read the below

Chinese power plant uses harmful methane gas for producing electricity (Re-Issue)
February 4th, 2008 - 12:50 pm


Washington, Feb 4 (ANI): In a unique initiative, China has started the world’s largest cow-dung methane power plant in the Inner Mongolia region, thus using the greenhouse gas methane for generating electricity on a massive scale.

Electricity From What Cows Leave Behind


FOR years, the cows at Green Mountain Dairy here produced only milk and manure. But recently they have generated something else: electricity.

The farm is part of a growing alternative energy program that converts the methane gas from cow manure into electricity that is sold to the power utility’s grid.

And why SESB and Tenaga nasional aren’t investing in this technology for Sabah? Well understanding human nature, such facilities wont likely be located in urban centers so by ‘sixth sense’, I would bet that methane powered plants will be located outside of urban areas. And because the process of converting manure-methane -electricity involves burning, these Plants can also manufacture fertilizers and fuel.

It’s a given answer that city-folks wouldn’t want a methane-electricity plant anywhere in the urban centers so methane power-plants can make their presence in rural towns and this provides them a niche, a clear advantage which pulls resources and technical expertise to rural economy rather than development being centralized and limited to urban areas

We realized we could help meet a customer demand for renewables, help solve a manure management problem and make these farmers more financially secure,” said Steve Costello, a spokesman for Central Verm

It provides the rural economy with

- Jobs :which would then allow an exchange of knowledge, skills
- Opens rural economies to the world with the incorporation of green technology
- Reduces carbon footprint produced by agriculture
- A more cost-effective method
- Relieves cost through lesser dependence on paying for non-renewable fuels
- Promotes capital flow from cities to rural towns
- Subsidization of electricity usage
- Additional income from electricity production
- Circulation of knowledge and skills

For cities, and urban areas… methane power plants can solve the headache of waste and sewage management and don’t worry you won’t smell anything even if electricity is wired in from rural towns. As the process involves burning, methane plants can possibly be incorporated with water purifying technology which purifies sewage water into clean water for the city’s self sufficiency .

Like many green technologies, many get a diss-off from gov who prolly cant see the real benefits from incorporating this technology. Eyh but the more energy -efficient Sabah is, the lesser Sabahans need to depend on fossil fuels. Now where would that leave the non-renewable fuels? If theres excess more than we need…we sell them of course.. * Kachings for the national economy*

Further reading
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/24/business/businessspecial2/24farmers.html
http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/health/chinese-power-plant-uses-harmful-methane-gas-for-producing-electricity-re-issue_10016139.html

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Cow power could generate electricity for millions

TIM LUNDEEN
26/07/2008 5:00:00 AM
Converting livestock manure into a domestic renewable fuel source could generate enough electricity to meet up to 3pc of North America's entire consumption needs and lead to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), according to research published July 24 in the Institute of Physics' Environmental Research Letters.

The journal paper, Cow Power: The Energy & Emissions Benefits of Converting Manure to Biogas, has implications for all countries with livestock as it is the first attempt to outline a procedure for quantifying the national amount of renewable energy that herds of cattle and other livestock can generate and the concomitant GHG emission reductions.

Livestock manure, left to decompose naturally, emits two particularly potent GHGs - nitrous oxide and methane.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, nitrous oxide warms the atmosphere 310 times more than carbon dioxide; methane does so 21 times more.

Through anaerobic digestion, similar to the process by which compost is created, manure can be turned into energy-rich biogas, which standard microturbines can use to produce electricity.

The hundreds of millions of livestock inhabiting the US could produce approximately 100 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, enough to power millions of homes and offices, according to the paper.

Since manure left to decompose naturally can have a damaging effect on the environment, this new waste management system has a net potential GHG emissions reduction of 99 million metric tons, wiping out approximately 4pc of the country's GHG emissions from electricity production.

Authors of the paper, Dr Michael E Webber and Amanda D Cuellar from the University of Texas, noted that the "logistics of widespread biogas production, including feedstock and digestates transportation, must be determined at the local level to produce the most environmentally advantageous, economical, and energy efficient system".

I'd say the Sabah State Gov shoud really start considering this technology seriously... if the oil oligarchies arent happy to give American scientists a stake in the cake then invite them to develop it here...let Sabah gov fund it or Federal...

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Malaysia, especially Sabah definitely needs renewable electric energy in the wake of the current economic downturn and the more serous global warming. There are signs that renewable electric technology is being applied in Sabah but so far it has not gone beyond experimental stage. Apart from the wind turbines in Banggi there has not been much encouragement from the govt to get the people to develop their own alternative source of electric power. The Tambunan guy who constructed his own hydro-electric generator is an exception and a damn good example. Not everyone has access to a big enough river to make their own hydro-electric generator but there are other ways. Everyone has access to the sun. In the US thousands (or maybe millions) are using 5' X 10' solar panels to charge batteries to heat or cool down homes. A 12-hour charge could power the lights and small electrical appliances for the night. And the cost is around RM3,000. A bit pricey but in the long run it could be worth it. And it's clean too.

This is one area the govt should look into instead of leech-rearing. Laughing

Am looking forward to try and develop this simple technology at a friends cattle farm in Kota Belud, where i have access to 100% cattle manure... gas masks, gloves, shovels and oil drums... any takers ? Laughing



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Kudos on the vocab, it certainly made my day.

excellent evaluation on 'renewable energy'.Agreed. Methane power can meet the needs of the agriculture sector.Electricity generated from biogas reactors can be used to run the aerating wheels in fish farms, power greenhouses, and timers on modern irrigation controls.

I intend on investigating the wonders of this simple and easily-manufactured technology and try it out myself and maybe sometime in the future, shall we invite the Germans over to construct a methane plant in Sandakan? Laughing

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Mysterio wrote:Malaysia, especially Sabah definitely needs renewable electric energy in the wake of the current economic downturn and the more serous global warming. There are signs that renewable electric technology is being applied in Sabah but so far it has not gone beyond experimental stage. Apart from the wind turbines in Banggi there has not been much encouragement from the govt to get the people to develop their own alternative source of electric power. The Tambunan guy who constructed his own hydro-electric generator is an exception and a damn good example. Not everyone has access to a big enough river to make their own hydro-electric generator but there are other ways. Everyone has access to the sun. In the US thousands (or maybe millions) are using 5' X 10' solar panels to charge batteries to heat or cool down homes. A 12-hour charge could power the lights and small electrical appliances for the night. And the cost is around RM3,000. A bit pricey but in the long run it could be worth it. And it's clean too.

This is one area the govt should look into instead of leech-rearing. Laughing

Am looking forward to try and develop this simple technology at a friends cattle farm in Kota Belud, where i have access to 100% cattle manure... gas masks, gloves, shovels and oil drums... any takers ? Laughing

If youre back in the motherland this december Mysterio, count me in... Cool

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