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Submitted by: madest 6 years ago
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/7929191/Bio-Bug-Car-run-on-human-waste-is-launched.html

Leave it to the British to make a car that makes oil seem appealing.
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Male 2,220
This would be brilliant, after a good Phal at the local curry house, 300mph no problem...


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Male 12,365
[quote]Yes. It`s a methane extraction process. To me, that says that the primary process is still required.[/quote]

I think it`s part of sewage processing, or can be made so. For example, the Hyperion treatment plant near Los Angeles uses it to produce most of the electricity needed to run the plant - the methane process itself generates more power than it uses. It also makes the next stage of processing easier.

The results from that plant are impressive. It handles a huge amount of waste, uses less energy to do so, produces fertiliser and performs the necessary function of processing sewage, so I think the methane generating process is useful.

I think using it for cars is more about publicity than substance, though.

Good model choice - it`s a dung beetle!
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Male 12,365
[quote]Time to attach tubes to the back end of cows? [/quote]

Surprisingly, it`s the front end. Cows belch more than they fart.

Strange but true.
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Male 88
as long as it doesn`t smell this works for me, and not like the fuels ever gonna run out, well unless you`ve eaten a curry i guess ^^
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Male 5,608
"In fact, does this process use more power than normal sewage processing?"
Yes. It`s a methane extraction process. To me, that says that the primary process is still required.

"If it does, are the results better?"
I say "no" because in an environment like Detroit, the yield equates to work commute for one adult.
The article immediately touts the car as an electric alternative. I took that as, by extension, they are thinking their Petroleum-methane hybrid is a viable alternative to my currently-in-use petroleum-electric hybrid.
I would like to know the origin and at what volume of electricity went into pumping, mixing, collecting then compressing the methane.
Then, since the car still uses petroleum, what was the resulting petroleum fuel efficiency?
My particular Fusion has been well into the 50`s of MPG. This year, between 04-10 and 05-10, I went 700+ miles on 14 USgal.
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Male 698
nice
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Male 1,231
Time to attach tubes to the back end of cows?
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Male 877
my boss once told me that `no idea was a s h i t idea`...i told him to `f u c k off`...
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Male 884
"The Bio-Bug does 5.3 miles per cubic metre of biogas, which means that just one sewage works could power 95,400,000 miles per year saving 19,000 tonnes of CO2."

Although burning the gas produces CO2 and water.

Just saying.
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Male 915
they can have my poo for this
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Male 1,237
i knew that pooing into my fuel tank would save me more than it costed one day
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Male 12,365
[quote]The actual problem:
"...Excrement flushed down the lavatories of just 70 homes is enough to power the car for 10,000 miles - the equivalent of one average motoring year..."
If this is correct, the waste from one house (two people) is only enough to drive 142.8 miles per year.
The amount of power require to run the process exceeds the yield.[/quote]

Does the amount of power used *in excess of that used for normal sewage processing* exceed the yield? The sewage would have to be processed anyway.

In fact, does this process use more power than normal sewage processing?

If it does, are the results better?

It might be a viable process. Obviously it can`t replace much oil, but it might be of some use.
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Female 536
it`s about time someone started making engines like this! Think of all the people in the world that are chock full of sh*t; now they could acually be helpful members of society. And we would never ever run out of fuel....
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Male 12,365
This is actually an excellent idea. You need to do something with human waste and it`s a plentiful resource that doesn`t require anything that doesn`t already exist. No ruining ecosystems with massive monocrop farms, like biodiesel.
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Male 12,138
[quote]and oil is the decomposed remnants of large lizard carcasses.....[/quote]
Nah, it`s almost exclusively algae.
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Male 15,510
Great now we are literally flushing money down the toilet
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Male 37,890
and oil is the decomposed remnants of large lizard carcasses..... I`m okay with it all as long as I can get to the bar before happy hour ends.
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Male 2,868
That`s pretty awesome. And no, the gas wouldn`t smell as long as it`s been through some kind of filtration/purification process. Methane is odorless.
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Male 787
Code Jokey, I`m sure you can just ya know...find a place that has a lot. Drain someone`s septic or something.
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Male 25,416
mythbusters already did it!
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Male 621
Stink Beetle
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Male 5,608
Hydrogen-sulfide gets removed during the process = No bathroom smell.

The actual problem:
"...Excrement flushed down the lavatories of just 70 homes is enough to power the car for 10,000 miles - the equivalent of one average motoring year..."
If this is correct, the waste from one house (two people) is only enough to drive 142.8 miles per year.

The amount of power require to run the process exceeds the yield.
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Female 2,352
They kept stating how we`d never know the difference but I really doubt that. .I really think it would smell of farts.
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Male 56
can we sell our own?
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Male 30
I like to feel that we`ve all made a contribution in the development of this cars fuel.
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Male 1,765
Car crashes are gonna be a lot messier now.
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Male 1,383
Haha that was developed pretty near me, hope my waste doesn`t get used like that! Well actually, I don`t care...
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Female 798
One question: does it smell like farts?
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Male 321
as bad as it sounds, this is the best F`ing alternative fuel ive heard of
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Male 953
Driving behind a car that runs on cooking oil and smells like french fries is one thing ... but this ..... HELL NO
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Male 15
"Can`t make it to work today. Constipated...."
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Male 1,442
Will never take off. How can you look cool when your car gives images to people of you squatting over the fuel cap?
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Male 7,378
Link: The Poo Mobile [Rate Link] - Leave it to the British to make a car that makes oil seem appealing.
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