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Opening Arguments

It's a gas, gas, gas

Hey, don't leave all that food on the plate. Don't you know there are starving people in India?

Well, screw them. We have a better use for the scraps here:


Purdue University students who pile too much food on their trays at Purdue's dining courts are helping the city of West Lafayette generate extra power.

Each week, about five tons of food scraps are being ground up and trucked to the city's sewage treatment plant, where it's turned into methane in a special digesting chamber.

This seems to be modeled on the program pioneered in the Bay Area. There, leftovers are collected from 2,300 restaurants and grocery stores, and they hope to eventually sell five megawatts a year to the grid. This sounds a little more appealing than the chicken-poop method of producing methane; at least it's what I would rather use in my flux capacitor.

Posted in: Hoosier lore, Science


Bob G.
Fri, 09/25/2009 - 8:36am

Banana peels and stale beer...works fine with MR. FUSION!

Would be nice to locate a local stretch of road we really COULD do 88 MPH on, eh?
Besides, you know how HARD it is to find good Plutonium on eBay THESE days???


Fri, 09/25/2009 - 11:37am

From Futurpedia:

Mr. Fusion was based from a Krups coffee grinder and was a parody of the Mr. Coffee line of coffeemakers.

The ending of Back to the Future suggested that in the future, mankind's energy problems would be solved by a device that would convert any matter into energy, and that the "Mr. Fusion" (seen on the back of the DeLorean) would someday be a available to power automobiles. However, vehicles seen in Back to the Future Part II don't have a Mr. Fusion, and the Texaco service station in 2015 is still in operation. In Back to the Future Part III, Doc confirms that the fusion device only powered the time circuits, and that the DeLorean Time Machine still had an internal combustion engine that ran on gasoline.

Bob G.
Fri, 09/25/2009 - 1:11pm

...But I STILL want one, even if I only have a Firebird...LOL!
( and here I thought the DeLorean had electrical backup motive power)

Thanks for the *411*!