Renewable Energy: Powered by Poop

A single cow produces more than 100 pounds of manure every day. Meet a farmer using cow manure to provide energy to his farm, electric car, and the larger electric grid. He explains the process and benefits of the renewable energy source.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Research methane levels in the atmosphere and their impact
  • Consider the collection and storage process for this type of energy system
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of the need for renewable energy
Pros

  • Requires very little class time
  • Provides discussion questions and a vocabulary handout
Cons

  • None