Poop to power comes to China

You may have already heard of various projects that turn farm animal wastes into energy: from Connecticut to South Africa, farmers and energy experts are finding innovative ways of turning this waste material (and often pollutant) into power for cooking, heating, and even electricity generation.

ABC News today takes note of such an effort in China: a nine-year-old ecological farm started to provide organic eggs to Beijing consumers produces about 200 tons of chicken poop daily. That manure is now being converted to biogas, which is piped to homes in the nearby village of Shuiyu. The farm also uses the gas to generate its own electricity, which cuts its CO2 emissions by about 95,000 tons a year.

This is a first-of-its-kind effort in China, but investors are already considering building on the model with a farm in the southern Anhui province. It’ll probably only make a small contribution to the country’s recently-announced goal of cutting its carbon intensity 40-45% by 2020… but perhaps this concept will catch on in the other parts of China and Asia.

Know of other farms or ranches turning poop into power? Let us know about them…

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