One cow’s annual poop output (out-poop?) is apparently enough to generate a year’s supply of hydrogen to fuel Toyota’s second-generation Mirai fuel cell sedan. This is not a random reference, Toyota is indeed building its first manure-powered hydrogen fuelling station in California.
While cow poop itself might seem a little unspectacular, one cow’s poop becomes quite impressive when you consider that the next generation of the Mirai will have a range of around 400 miles or 650 kilometres. That’s a lot of mileage for poop.
Poop jokes aside, this is indeed a significant contribution to emission-free mobility. Not only does the Mirai produce zero-emissions, but it can also reduce the amount of CO2 produced in agriculture by harnessing it. Methane gas from dairy cattle manure makes up a significant amount of CO2 emissions globally. Partnering up with Shell, Toyota will be building a power plant in Long Beach, California that will capture methane gas from dairy cattle manure and convert it into pure water, electricity and hydrogen.
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