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Today almost everything runs on electricity. We use electricity to run trains, cook, lighting and so much more. Thus it is very important that people are able to know where they can get all the required electricity. People are able to tap energy from alternative sources of energy to help relieve the common sources of electricity.

Methane Gas From Cows

Many companies are trying their best to try and cut down their electricity consumption. A good example would be Google. Google consumes a lot of energy. Google searches require the same energy that an 11 watt bulb requires when it’s on for an hour. So one can be able to estimate how much energy is required for the Google servers and all other equipment to run. Thus Google has tried to cut their energy costs by developing advanced cooling methods and using energy saving techniques.

Others companies are also following the same trend. For example HP. It presented a paper to the 4th international conference on energy sustainability that describes how HP plans how they will use manure of cows to power their data centres. The title of the paper is design of Farm Waste-Driven supply Side Infrastructure for Data centers.

The manure that would be used will be from midsized dairy farms. Electricity will be derived form it by putting it through an anaerobic digester. The heat that is derived from this process would be used to power the turbines of the data centers cooling system. The electricity that is derived from this process will be used to power the data center. The temperature of the anaerobic digester would be regulated by the waste heat that is generated by the data center. This process ensures that there is maximum efficiency. This process also produces enough energy to be able to run the dairy farm. Thus one not only saves power use by the data centers but also the dairy farm.

Large amounts of the potent greenhouse gas methane are being released from an Icelandic glacier. 41 tonnes of methane is being released through meltwaters every day during the summer months. This is roughly equivalent to the methane produced by more than 136,000 belching cows. from science

According to HP, a dairy farm with about 10000 cows produces approximately 200000 tones of manure in a year. The manure produces methane gas. According to research this gas is more detrimental to the environment than carbon dioxide. The manure also pollutes the environment by polluting the rivers and streams. Thus HP using this manure to produce electricity will greatly improve the environment as it gets rid of this pollutant.

Other than reducing pollution, this process will also help boost the economy of the farms. The farms will be able to use this same electricity to run their farms and also earn huge chunks of money by selling the manure to be used elsewhere to produce the electricity. The farms can earn approximately two million dollars annually from selling the power that they produce.

Here is some more details on how HP used cow poop (i.e. manure) to power facilities in New York.  

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15 Comments on “Computers Powered By Poop”

  1. Was wondering isnt this manure that we use for all types of cultivation. As everyone is aware, these days we are running behind organic foods, wont the manure be helpful in increasing our organic foods production instead of using the hazardous chemicals for agriculture purpose.
    Awaiting response !

  2. Organic produce is utter nonsense silly boy. Fertilizer is fertilizer and the crops will absorb the correct nutrients whether its from the poop or not! silly boy.

  3. ”Organic produce is utter nonsense silly boy. Fertilizer is fertilizer and the crops will absorb the correct nutrients whether its from the poop or not! silly boy. ”

    I would say your comments are nonsense, silly patronsing boy.

  4. I love the fact of self sufficiency based on the premise of ” work with what you got .” I do believe that corporations should utilise this idea , and examine the anthropological costs of being desk bound , and create a kinetic computer , based on Human energy to alleviate the incorrect posture of sitting ,and enhance Human wellness and balance in byte sizes ( pardon the pun!)

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