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Brooks Wilson's Economics Blog: I Obscenity in Your Gas Tank!

Friday, August 6, 2010

I Obscenity in Your Gas Tank!

(HT Drudge Report) In "For Whom the Bell Tolls," Hemingway creates a great many characters who use various terms for defecate as profane insults.  Rather than fill his pages with profanity, Hemingway censors these profanities with a polite, "I obscenity in your..."  British engineers may have twisted the profane insult into a benediction giving new meaning to the words, "fill it up!"  (Laura Roberts,, "Bio-Bug: Car run on human waste is launched")
The Bio-Bug has been converted by a team of British engineers to be powered by biogas, which is produced from human waste at sewage works across the country...

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.

This conversion technology has been used in the past but the Bio-Bug is Britain's first car to run on methane gas without its performance being reduced.

It can power a conventional two litre VW Beetle convertible to 114mph.
I noticed that the cost of the methane gas derived from waste was not mentioned.  The economic question is can engineers convert this cool technological invention into a market innovation? Replace this text with...

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