Denver Zoo touting “clean energy” poop-mobile – Tuk Tuk (USA)

via kdvr.com

Never underestimate the power of poop.

On Wednesday, the Denver Zoo will introduce its working prototype of a motorized rickshaw which runs on animal feces and trash.

Called a Tuk Tuk, the vehicle was built with patent-pending gasification technology created by Denver Zoo staff.

It will be used at the zoo’s newest exhibit, Toyota Elephant Passage, utilizing animal waste and human trash to create clean energy, zoo officials said.

“We wanted an innovative energy solution that would help us eliminate our landfill waste,” said VP for Planning and Capital Projects George Pond. “We immediately considered ways to create energy from animal poop and human trash. The result is astounding – an energy solution that can create clean energy from trash.”

A “Tour de Tuk Tuk” leaves Denver on March 22 stopping at zoos in Colorado Springs, Albuquerque and Phoenix before arriving at its final destination at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums mid-year meeting on March 27 in Palm Desert, California.

Via http://kdvr.com/2012/03/19/denver-zoo-touting-clean-energy-poop-mobile/

2 responses to “Denver Zoo touting “clean energy” poop-mobile – Tuk Tuk (USA)

  1. Los desechos organicos son una gran fuente de energia que puede emplearse inteligentemente para producir biogás que a su vez puede emplearse para diversas actividades, como en este caso, impulsar un motocar.

    Existen publicaciones como la recuperada en:
    http://www.cgfmdl.cl/archivos/energias-renovables/Estudio_Potencial_Biogas.pdf, que inclusive hace un levantamiento del potencial de biogas a partir de la industria lactea de Chile.

    La obtención de biogás requiere de poca tecnología, basta un biodigestor que en su forma más simple es un contenedor cerrado, hermético e impermeable (llamado reactor), dentro del cual se deposita el material orgánico a fermentar (excrementos de animales y humanos, desechos vegetales) diluido en agua para que a través de la fermentación anaerobia se produzca gas metano.

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