Thanks for that incredible idea, Toyota!
As the increased demand for beef all around the world, farmers are keeping up with that demand through breeding a lot of cows. But with that demand, comes a lot of cow manure and the methane that comes with it. In fact, in 2015, methane produced by cows comprised around 16 percent of all the greenhouse gases. But since methane is useful for fuel to make heat and light, surely there are ways to capture it. And one company is planning to do just that.
The automotive company Toyota wants to build world's first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station in California. The "Tri-Gen" plant, which is proposed to run by 2020, will run purely on methane release from cow manure, to generate huge amounts of power (enough to power 1,500 hydrogen-powered cars and 2,350 homes every day), clean water and lots of hydrogen. The plant will be located at the Port of Long Beach in California. This was announced at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Toyota aims to end making traditional internal combustion engines as early as 2040. The company wrote on their website that "Environmentally conscious motorists demand newer, cleaner forms of transportation". And over the next 30 years, the company also aims to cut carbon emissions from their vehicles by 90 percent. The vice president for strategic planning at Toyota's North America Group, Doug Murtha, told USA Today that “Tri-Gen is a major step forward for sustainable mobility and a key accomplishment of our 2050 environmental challenge to achieve net zero CO2 emissions from our operations”.
This news is uplifting, specially at this time where we see temperatures rising, an pollution is t an all time high. In addition to that, countries such as India, the UK and France totally banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars in a few decades, renewables will be the main source of energy in the future. Now if only Toyota has plans to capture greenhouse gasses coming from landfills. Let's just hope we're not too late.
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