Did you know that poop can make power? It’s true. Gas rising from the poop of 500 cows can create enough electricity to power 100 homes. That’s some powerful poop!
Poop is a form of “biomass” which is the name for all living, or recently living materials coming from plants and animals that are a source of energy. The most common form of biomass energy on Earth is burning wood. We burn wood in fireplaces to keep us warm, or in woodstoves to cook our food. Besides wood and poop, biomass fuels can come from stalks of wheat, corn or sugar cane. It can also come from rice hulls, cooking oil, and other forms of garbage and food waste.