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Starving the people again, eh?

Grass-powered gas is set to heat thousands of homes for the first time in the coming weeks.

Green energy firm Ecotricity is expected to begin supplying 5,300 homes from its plant near Reading in April.

Research has estimated that the grass biogas can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 90 per cent.

Why not feed the grass to sheep so that people can eat it instead?

It is hoped the scheme can be scaled up to supply fuel to more homes around the country.

Scale it up so as to starve more people?

The same mistake as was made back in 2004 etc. When they decided to put food into cars not people.

Note that they’re doing this at the same time as insisting that the UK must be more self-sufficient in food……

6 thoughts on “Starving the people again, eh?”

  1. I assume they mean to get the gas by composting the grass. A very slow process requiring an enormous amount of grass in sealed bins. I cannot imagine it can be in any way economic.

  2. Grass in April? Not much I’ll bet in the cooler parts of the country except maybe from some meadows sitting by rivers or streams. Anyhoo, how much does it cost to transport a low density crop like grass to the Grasspower station?

  3. The gas produced is methane… CH4… when combusted in air joins with O2 to produce C02 and H2O.

    How does this methane reduce ‘greenhouse gas emissions’ unlike the methane from the North Sea does not?

    Grass is seasonal. The growing season starts in springtime and cutting takes place in the early Summer. After that, usually nothing unless it’s a wet Summer. So where will they get the grass all year round?

  4. @philip Not composting, stepped bioreactors. Industrial scale cow stomach, really. Our Host visited this one previously.

    Personally I’d set it up for bioethanol, as it’s easier to transport and has a wider range of applications, but that’s just me.

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