Breaking News: Cow Fart Battery May Solve Energy Crisis

We’re not covering political and environmental issues too often here at But some issues just can’t be left unreported. Argentinian cows may help solve the worldwide energy crisis. By farting. A lot. Enter cow fart battery…

Researchers put plastic backpacks on cows, then inserted tubes into their rumens (their biggest digestive tract). Then, they extracted the methane – about 300 liters a day. That’s enough to run a car, or a fridge for 24 hours.

cow fart battery

I am not a scientist or anything but I’ve got an idea. Wouldn’t it make sense to sell these big-a** pick-up trucks with one or two cows on or in them already? People rarely use those cars for transporting stuff anyway, so why not have a nice little cow riding shotgun that’s constantly farting into your engine in order for you to enjoy your ride and save the environment at the same time. If anyone wants to use this idea – feel free to do so. Creative common farts.

Pablo Sorondo, INTA’s press officer, says the project isn’t ongoing. The point is to show that it’s possible to collect methane from cows and use it for energy. That’s unlikely to be as part of the mainstream system. But perhaps it could be viable on remote farms, he says (Argentina has 51.2 million cows).

Keep up the good work, cow fart energy storage inventors!

Via nerdcore, quotes & pictures via fastcoexist.