Chickens Could Power Electric Grid

MANCHESTER - Scientists are on the brink of creating a power plant that runs on chicken droppings.
calendar icon 30 October 2007
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"There are gas turbines designed to run from kerosene or aviation fuel but these would need to be remodelled to run on chicken droppings."

Dr Alastair Martin, an expert in chemical engineering at Manchester University.

The development could transform poultry farms into small-scale power stations generating enough electricity for an entire village.

Experts believe a 200kW generator using up to four tonnes of droppings every day could create enough energy to power about 200 homes. The scheme is part of a drive towards turning waste into a new type of fuel.

Half the power could be used for lighting and heating the farms - with the rest being fed into the national grid.

Dr Alastair Martin, an expert in chemical engineering at Manchester University, said: "A lot of the components already exist.

"There are gas turbines designed to run from kerosene or aviation fuel but these would need to be remodelled to run on chicken droppings."

Source: ManchesterEveningNews
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