Research Shows Swine Manure Can Become Crude Oil

Researcher Yanhui Zhang says years of research and refinement are ahead before such a notion could be commercially viable, but the results seen so far indicate there might be big benefits for farmers and consumers.

The thermochemical conversion process uses intense heat and pressure to break down the molecular structure of manure into oil. It's much like the natural process that turns organic matter into oil over centuries, but in the laboratory the process can take as little as a half-hour.

Converting manure is sure to catch the attention of swine producers. Safe containment of livestock waste is costly for farmers and odors produced by swine farms have made them a nuisance to neighbors.


23 WIFR 2523 North Meridian Road Rockford, IL. 61101 Business: 815-987-5300 Fax: 815-965-0981 News: 815-987-5330 Fax: 815-987-5333
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 677457 - wifr.com/a?a=677457
Gray Television, Inc.