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Poo-Powered Rickshaw Unveiled At the Denver Zoo

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the green-power dept.

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novenator writes "Today the Denver Zoo has unveiled the world's first poo/trash-powered motorized tuk tuk. The vehicle also boast a gasification system designed by the zoo itself. From the article: 'The tuk tuk was purchased from Thailand and then re-designed to run on gasified pellets made from animal droppings and waste generated by the zoo's staff and human visitors, according to The Denver Post. The poo-powered tuk tuk is the second prototype The Denver Zoo has put together to show off their sustainable energy system -- the first? A blender used to mix margaritas at a zoo event.'"

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Talk about shitty mileage! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39497611)

*rimshot*

Re:Talk about shitty mileage! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39497629)

What a load of crap!

great name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39497641)

"Poo-powered tuk-tuk". Am I the only one who thinks that's the best name for any conveyance ever?

Re:great name (1)

arisvega (1414195) | more than 2 years ago | (#39497851)

"Poo-powered tuk-tuk". Am I the only one who thinks that's the best name for any conveyance ever?

It is called the "Poo-Poo".

Hell of a summary (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39497663)

Spend an entire paragraph talking about feces, and then mention a blender? I don't know what's really in those margaritas, but I would stay as far as away as possible.

Re:Hell of a summary (3, Funny)

Megane (129182) | more than 2 years ago | (#39497745)

Well, at least they answered the ages-old question of "Will it blend?"

Re:Hell of a summary (1)

NicknameAvailable (2581237) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504947)

Welcome to the future - the cars might not be flying, but they run on shit!

Re:Hell of a summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39506143)

Need to re-word the phrase "shit has hit the fan"...

With the upcoming elections... (1)

OldGunner (2576825) | more than 2 years ago | (#39497707)

...there should be plenty of raw material available.

Mr. Fusion? (1)

Sez Zero (586611) | more than 2 years ago | (#39497709)

Prior art!

Turbo fuel (1)

fluffythedestroyer (2586259) | more than 2 years ago | (#39497729)

Wonder if my diarrhea will be considered high octane type of gas since it's lethal if you visit my bathroom... most of the time.

Re:Turbo fuel (2)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#39498353)

Perhaps you should check your diet. Diarrhea all the time isn't really healthy. I have a friend who had the problem, then he finally found out that he was allergic to glutton, after the diet change he felt like a million dollars. And the bathroom stayed a lot cleaner.

Re:Turbo fuel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39498765)

Gluten, perhaps? Unless he's allergic to people who eat a lot...

Re:Turbo fuel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39498859)

Usually it's the people who eat a lot that swell up, though.

how about all the animals? (2)

Dthief (1700318) | more than 2 years ago | (#39497741)

they say they are using the visitors' and staffs' poos, what about from the animals????

Re:how about all the animals? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39497859)

My thoughts exactly lol

Re:how about all the animals? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39497867)

From the summary "animal droppings and waste generated by the zoo's staff and human visitors"

Re:how about all the animals? (1)

slimjim8094 (941042) | more than 2 years ago | (#39497951)

re-designed to run on gasified pellets made from animal droppings

Seriously?

Re:how about all the animals? (2)

rwise2112 (648849) | more than 2 years ago | (#39498721)

Yeah, you'd think the chimps would refeul this thing as it drove by by flinging poo at it.

Re:how about all the animals? (1)

BForrester (946915) | more than 2 years ago | (#39498733)

It runs on "gasified pellets made from animal droppings and waste generated by the zoo's staff and human visitors"

RTFS.

Re:how about all the animals? (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | more than 2 years ago | (#39499563)

I remember my local zoo growing up would sell bags of animal poo for people to put on their gardens. Legend has it that it was great for keeping stray cats away, as they would smell the lion and tiger poo and run scared. I can't really talk from experience though...

Re:how about all the animals? (2)

couchslug (175151) | more than 2 years ago | (#39499887)

"Two tigers, one cup?"

Don't light a match behind it (1)

s_p_oneil (795792) | more than 2 years ago | (#39497747)

Don't light a match behind it. Actually, don't stand behind it.

Re:Don't light a match behind it (1)

Todo Proudfoot (652832) | more than 2 years ago | (#39499805)

Behind it, or down wind of it?

Gasified Pellet? (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | more than 2 years ago | (#39497757)

Does anyone know what a "gasified pellet" is? The article is devoid of any useful information about how this thing works.

I get the impression that this is just a publicity stunt, like all the claims about "solar powered blah-blah" when the "blah-blah" really runs on electricity that just happens to come from solar. Is this just a gas powered tuk-tuk, and the gas just happens to come from an animal manure fermenter?
   

Re:Gasified Pellet? (3, Informative)

Xenkar (580240) | more than 2 years ago | (#39497885)

Step 1: burn combustible materials like dried wood, dried yard clippings, and/or dried animal droppings to produce carbon monoxide gas.
Step 2: direct carbon monoxide gas into combustion engine where it acts like any other combustible gas with the right fuel/air/compression mixture.
Step 3: drive around with trollface on because you aren't paying gas taxes while getting rid of a bunch of yard clippings you would have let decompose in your backyard or bagged up for the trash man.

It is carbon neutral unless you are using oil-based fertilizers all over your lawn/trees. Otherwise decomposing would have released any trapped carbon anyway.

Re:Gasified Pellet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39498547)

How is it carbon neutral, since the gas that gets released after that burning is Carbon dioxide.

TFA - remember the Seinfeld episode where Kramer pulls a hand rickshaw in NYC? This one really imports a third world product to the first. It would be good if it could be powered by any feces, independent of origin. In fact, add a commode row to the rickshaw, and channel the excrement right to the combustion chamber, where it can do its own thing. If it reduces our dependence on Islamic oil, all the better.

Re:Gasified Pellet? (1)

egladil (1640419) | more than 2 years ago | (#39498981)

The idea is probably that it's carbon neutral since the carbon dioxide released comes from plants which absorbed it from the atmosphere.

It's new enhanced carbon cycle of life. Plants absorb CO2, monkeys eat plants, poo is flung at rickshaw, rickshaw turns poo into CO2 again.

Re:Gasified Pellet? (1)

Fned (43219) | more than 2 years ago | (#39499121)

How is it carbon neutral, since the gas that gets released after that burning is Carbon dioxide.

Because every carbon molecule in a plant came from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Seriously. See that tree? The one that's all gigantic and solid? that motherfucker is MADE OF AIR. Mind-blowing, isn't it?

So when a plant burns or decomposes or whatever, and releases CO2 or methane or whateverthefuck into the atmosphere, it's really just returning what it borrowed years or decades ago.

This is different from pulling carbon that's been sequestered for half a billion years and then oxidizing it.

Re:Gasified Pellet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39499187)

How is it carbon neutral, since the gas that gets released after that burning is Carbon dioxide.

Because the carbon in question most recently came from the atmosphere instead of deep underground.

Re:Gasified Pellet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39501113)

If it reduces our dependence on Islamic oil, all the better.

you should think about turning off FOX news sometime, it will do wonders for your world outlook.

What's the Exhaust? (2)

Marc_Hawke (130338) | more than 2 years ago | (#39497769)

I've heard that certain types of biofuel vehicles smell like French Fries when they drive past. What does this smell like?

Should it be called a 'Fart-Mobile?'

Re:What's the Exhaust? (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 2 years ago | (#39498087)

I've heard that certain types of biofuel vehicles smell like French Fries when they drive past. What does this smell like?

Should it be called a 'Fart-Mobile?'

This might sound kind of strange, but coming from a family with fairly large animals (my grandfather owns several horses, at one time owned cattle, and lives next to a cattlefarm), the odor from animal waste can actually become rather pleasant (as long as it's not fresh and concentrated, at least), particularly when blended in with other traditional barnyard smells: sweet feed, hay, etc. I have gotten to where I actually enjoy the smell of a barn or zoo, as the smells are very similar. So a vehicle driven by animal waste would (not just feces but other refuse such as used/leftover hay, leftover feed, etc), in my opinion, actually blend in rather well with the ambient odor already present.

Re:What's the Exhaust? (1)

Rasperin (1034758) | more than 2 years ago | (#39500055)

"The smell of the land" you wouldn't be the first nor the last to say this. It's not weird, esp for those who have worked around farms for a long time. It's the smell of home, something you recognize and have fond memories with. I think a good example is that my fathers house leaks water when it rains (the sump pump doesn't do shit) so the basement constantly has mold, but to be honest, I'm rather fond of the smell of there house because it makes me think of home.

Just fond memories associated with the smell of the land.

Pay me for my poo (2)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | more than 2 years ago | (#39497795)

I'm sorry- but if you're going to use my poo to power your rickshaw- I expect to be paid for it. I worked long and hard producing that poo.

Re:Pay me for my poo (2)

khr (708262) | more than 2 years ago | (#39497973)

Yeah, at least a free meal at the zoo cafeteria to replenish what you're giving them...

Re:Pay me for my poo (0)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | more than 2 years ago | (#39498005)

I expect to see men on street corners around Denver holding signs:

"Will Poo for Food."

Re:Pay me for my poo (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 2 years ago | (#39498315)

And the zookeepers holding signs saying

"Will Food for Poo"

Proof... (1)

bengoerz (581218) | more than 2 years ago | (#39497915)

that Slashdot stories are getting shittier.

Poo powered blender? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39497921)

Well, I think... Yes, the alcohol content would be a significant factor in my opinion of a poo powered blender. Of course, I would need a primer to try it. Oh, maybe everclear. With a chaser of.... everclear.

Hm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39498173)

Does this mean that the Zoo would pay me for taking a shit?
I promise my rates will be better than gasoline. Slightly.

GPL the design? (1)

basecastula (2556196) | more than 2 years ago | (#39498337)

Are they allowing others to use/refine their design? i would love to see these in San Fransisco powered by tourist and bum feces. That being said, who wants to set up a non profit with me? Shit that can save the world!

Re:GPL the design? (1)

unixisc (2429386) | more than 2 years ago | (#39498563)

Use GPL3, and have RMS do their promos.

Not very green (1)

ahecht (567934) | more than 2 years ago | (#39498361)

It's great that they have this Pooh Powered Tuk Tuk, but how green is it if they are driving it across the country on a publicity tour in a trailer towed behind a 12mpg pickup truck.

New Project! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39498447)

I wonder if I can retrofit this on to a two wheeled Vespa, or if it's just Ape friendly.

holy shit (1)

aurashift (2037038) | more than 2 years ago | (#39498519)

I have no shame, but even I wouldn't ride around in a rickshaw with my pants around my ankles to drop a load while I am transported from the hyenas to the hippos....unless they gave me a newspaper to cover my face with.

Poo is awesome. (1)

concealment (2447304) | more than 2 years ago | (#39498837)

If we can take this stinking mess and make energy from it, we should. This is literally free energy since we're all little poop factories by virtue of being biological. I'm not against solar or wind (hehe) power, but if we get free energy from feces, I'd at least like to recoup the savings and re-invest in some delicious food.

Fantastic (2)

mr1911 (1942298) | more than 2 years ago | (#39498921)

GM, under government ownership, gives us the wildly successful Chevy Volt. The Dept. of Energy produces squat, unless anyone considers Solyndra a bragging point. A bunch of zookeepers with an elephant exhibit sponsored by Toyota design a gassification system to utilize organic waste that, at a minimum, reduces the amount of zoo waste sent offsite and potentially has further reaching benefits and uses.

The best discussion on Slashdot is a bunch of poo jokes.

Kudos to the zoo and its staff.

mod 0p (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39499155)

for the recAord, I under the GPL. continues in a Slashdot 'BSD is world-spanning partner. And if it. Its miision is

green-power dept. (1)

jcreus (2547928) | more than 2 years ago | (#39499463)

Seriously? It should be from the dark-power dept.

Well gee wizz.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39499913)

... they just solved USA's energy problem. If there's one thing this country is never short on, it's bullshit.

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