Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Research News from Penn State U

Penn State University fart machine takes aim at energy

Could farts save the planet? A new electrical farting machine out of Pennsylvania State University could help turn CO2 in the atmosphere into methane.

The machine takes an indirect approach at combating global warming since both CO2 and methane are greenhouse gases. What is could do is help store alternative energies like wind and solar better.

Bruce Logan,Director, Hydrogen Energy (H2E)Center, Hydrogen Energy (H2E) Center, College of Engineering, and his team have worked on the project that takes small jolts of electricity are given to single-celled microorganisms known as archea. This prompts the cells to remove CO2 for the air and turn it in to methane. The methane is then released as tiny "farts." The methane can then be used to power fuel cells or store the electrical energy chemically until its needed.

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Research results of Penn State Fart Classification studies


Joseph R. Francis said...

This is appropriate research for a school whose top-ranked program is "Cow Studies".

Dave Wannstedt said...

The plan is for State College, PA to be the fart-tech capital of the world.

Jeffrey W Simons said...

now now now anyone that knew me in college knows I wouldn't drink O.E. . . . it was Crazy Horse or Mad Dog 20/20, right before a tumble down to Zeno's for some Dixie Blackened Voodoo Ale