A-moo-zing! Airbus could power planes with cow poo

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  1. sobore
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    A jet fuelled by methane gas generated from farmyard waste has made the shortlist of a global competition to design the aircraft of the future.

    The Fly Your Ideas competition is run by aircraft manufacturer Airbus and comes with a £25,500 prize for the winning entry.

    The idea to fuel plane with cow dung was submitted by the Australian Team CliMA in the engineering students' competition.

    This isn't the first time that cattle waste has been used to power machinery. It's already used to fuel farm vehicles in the US. The manure is stored in tanks and powerful methane gas is trapped to generate fuel.

    If it catches on, there certainly won't be any shortage of this kind of fuel. One cow can make up to 30 gallons of manure a day, which could translate to up to 70 gallons of fuel a year.

    Read More: http://travel.aol.co.uk/2013/06/11/aeroplanes-to-fly-on-cow-dung-manure/
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    And you thought the smell of Jet A exhaust in an airport was bad.

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