16 Feb '12, 2pm

This guy invented a manure-powered car … in 1971

This guy invented a manure-powered car … in 1971

According to this 1971 article from Mother Earth News, British chicken farmer Harold Bate invented a car that runs on animal droppings 40 years ago. Why the hell are we still using oil? Bate invented a converter that reportedly recycles animal (or human) waste into methane gas — and he ginned it up from “odds and ends at hand.” To be fair, using the converter is a pretty involved process, requiring 300 pounds of manure that has been fermented for up to a week. But on the flip side, Bate estimated it only cost him 3 cents (17 cents in 2011 money) for the equivalent of a gallon of gasoline. Once he had a guaranteed supply of methane, Harold next faced the problem of getting the high-pressure gas into his car’s engine in the exact amount required by the power plants under all operating conditions. His answer, of course, was the now-famous 6″ x 5″ carburetor attachment which h...

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