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Old 08-27-04, 08:30 AM
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Researchers harness banana power

Great headline.
Not enough info to tell if it is a great alternative energy source.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems...8/s1186474.htm
Researchers harness banana power
Researchers from the University of Queensland are looking at using bananas to provide an alternative energy source.

Researchers are conducting a study into the viability of converting the fruit into a viable energy source, using a compost-style system and harnessing the methane gas produced.

University senior lecturer Dr Bill Clarke says the initial results of the six-month study are positive.

"Bananas are a very nutritious food source, everyone knows that and it's exactly that sort of material that's going to have high methane yield," he said.

"As we expected the bananas are breaking down quite nicely and this is good news for a full-scale pilot plant."

Dr Clarke says the research shows 20,000 tonnes of bananas could power up to 500 homes.

"It's not going to solve all of Queensland's energy's problems, but it will contribute to providing sustainable energy," he said.

"It's quite a challenge to produce this power at a price that's competitive with coal fire power stations."
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I could have told you about the untapped power of bananas. Just look at those moves!!
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werent they saying that bananas were going to be extinct in 30 years?
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Well, sure, if scientists slaughter helpless bananas to make natural gas.
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Originally posted by OldDude
Well, sure, if scientists slaughter helpless bananas to make natural gas.

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Originally posted by icondude
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Got a cheap laugh from me!
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Ok smartass

"Edible bananas may disappear within a decade if urgent action is not taken to develop new varieties resistant to blight..."


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/2664373.stm

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