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This Factory Discovered A Way To Harness The Power of MASHED POTATOES

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When we were kids, we thought one of the coolest science projects was powering a light bulb with nothing more than a potato. Since those science fairs, technology has advanced astronomically. We’ve come a long way from a simple light bulb as there is now an entire factory that’s powered by mashed potatoes.

England’s third-largest food company, 2 Sisters Food Group, uses leftover potato parts to power their plants. Potato fuel also includes peelings and mashed potato-based shepherd’s pies, reports The Guardian.

The potatoes are fed into a giant digestion plant that creates energy. Together, the discarded potato pieces are expected to generate 3,500 megawatt hours a year of electricity. That’s enough to power about 850 homes.

By using this method of energy production, 2 Sisters’ landfill output will drop to zero and its carbon emissions are reduced by a fifth. The company even plans to build ten more of these bio-refinery plants by the 2018. Four of which will focus on generating energy from chicken remains.

 

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Food Waste and Poop: How to Ride a Bus Into the Future

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With all the foods we’re cramming into our bodies, we might as well make the most of the waste we’re producing. Why not a poop bus? The UK currently has a bus running between Bristol Airport and Bath city center that’s powered by food waste and human feces. Poo.

The Bio Bus is fueled by biomethane gas, produced through decomposed organic matter or animal and human byproducts. The bus can travel up to 186 miles on a single tank of fuel, which is roughly a year’s worth of bowel movements for five people. Possibly three people with a bean burrito-heavy diet.

You don’t have to hold your breath, however, as the fuel has had its impurities stripped leaving behind a “virtually odorless” emission. With the gas tanks on the roof of the bus, it’s pretty much as stinky as any other regular form of public transportation.

Biomethane gas is known to reduce greenhouse emissions by 88 percent when stacked against gasoline. It’s pretty much the same as a natural gas as it utilizes fresh matter rather than decomposed.

Renewable gas, as a whole, is becoming a more common form of fuel. While the US uses Biomethane gas on a smaller scale, European countries like Sweden and Germany use it a fair amount, according to the US Department of Energy. A quarter of Germany’s natural gas stations dispense Biomethane as fuel, while 38,500 of Sweden’s vehicles utilize the same.

The future is poo.

h/t Mashable

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Bacon-Fueled Motorcycle Sets to Roadtrip Across United States, Smells Like Bacon

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Somewhere around the 5 millionth bacon-inspired dish, people stopped caring as much about the salty, fried pork treat. So where do all the unused bacon ideas go? They’re probably going to fuel this motorcycle that runs on bacon. No longer is a bacon-powered vehicle a fantasy that could only be dreamt of by a chubby six-year-old. It’s real.

The bike will be featured in an upcoming documentary titled “Driven by Bacon,” as reported by Modern Farmer. The premise of the film will focus on a young bacon cycle traveling across the United States from Austin, Texas to San Diego, Calif. Along the way, the bacon-fueled bike (or driver) will interview other bacon enthusiasts.

According to KAAL TV, Hormel Black Label Bacon formed a collaboration with a biodiesel company to create B-100 fuel from the brand’s bacon grease. At $3.50 a gallon, the bike can get from 75 to 100 miles for a single gallon. The exhaust even smells like bacon. Still, we highly advise against sticking your face directly behind the pipe.

“Driven by Bacon” is set to premiere in San Diego at the end of August following the motorcycle’s arrival at the city’s annual bacon festival.

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