Cow’s produce around 25% of the worlds methane emissions. That is almost as much as a lads bedroom on a Sunday morning. Being a potent greenhouse gas, this can be pretty dangerous.
This project comes from Argentina’s National Institute of Agricultural Technology. Basically, they harvest the fart gas and turn it into energy.
The idea isn’t to catch farts in a jar from the cow’s arse or anything. Small tubes go into the cow through their rumens (digestive tract) and remove the methane. 300 litres a day, which is loads. Enough to run a car or power a fridge for 24 hours.
Pablo Sorondo, the project’s press officer, said that it isn’t an ongoing thing, and was made to highlight the possibility of harvesting methane gas for energy. It probably won’t end up becoming a mainstream energy source, being realistic. But on remote farms, it could become an option.
[We] believe that such technology could be used to collect methane on larger scale, and even imagine a future farm with a couple of these cows used to provide energy to satisfy the farm’s needs.
It could also be possible to think in an association of farmers in a certain area, cooperating to provide the community with this source of energy.
Fart power. I can back that.