July 9, 2016
Fair Oaks Farm Harnesses the Power of Natural Gas from Cow Manure (Text Version)
This is a text version of the video segment Fair Oaks Farm Harnesses the Power of Natural Gas from Cow Manure, which aired on July 9, 2016.
JOHN DAVIS: Our success story this week takes us to Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana, where things run on the power of poo.
Here, cow manure isn't waste but a valuable commodity. Once collected, it's put into a biodigester where methane is harnessed.
The gas is purified and then piped over and compressed at this fill station owned by ampCNG, a U.S. Department of Energy National Clean Fleets partner.
More than enough renewable CNG is produced at Fair Oaks Farms to fill up a fleet of 42 milk haulers—displacing 1.5 million gallons of diesel each year.
GRANT ZIMMERMAN: We can reduce NOx, which is essentially smog-causing pollutants, by 90% or better.
JOHN DAVIS: The station was built with the help from the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition—proving that cows can contribute much more than just milk to the long haul.