Bio-electricity potential of India’s cows


By various estimates there are approximately 300 million (give and take a few) cows in India. Assume if all the dung/urine is processed through Anaerobic digesters we would probably generate 250 to 400 million cubic meters of bio-gas every day. This translates to roughly 250 million units of electricity every day. And this is just for cows (and other cattle). We are yet to count all the chickens, pigs, horses and just about all other animals.

Why not human waste? And for that matter why not waste from restaurants, slaughterhouses, food processing industries etc. The possibilities are endless if you just let your imagination run wild.

Do you think this can solve India’s electricity problem? I think so and get environmental benefits as a bonus.

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