• Microbe-Powered ‘Fart’ Machine Stores Energy

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    This is hilarious. I understand using cow dung as an alternative form of fuel but ‘fart’!? Ok it isn’t literally but that’s what it is called. This is a new microbe-powered electrical farting machine that could improve fuel cell technology by turning C02 in the atmosphere into methane. It is used to help store alternative energies such as wind and solar more efficiently. It works by giving small jolts of electricity to single-celled microorganisms known as archea prompts them to remove C02 from the air and turn it into methane, released as tiny “farts”. The methane, in turn, can be used to power fuel cells or to store the electrical energy chemically until its needed.

    This was the brainchild of Bruce Logan, a professor at Pennsylvania State University, who details his discovery in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.