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Hooray us! We just applied for our first grant. What does a steaming pile of poo have going for it that makes it grant worthy, you ask? Well that steam means heat and if you can capture that heat, you’re off to a great start for creating a closed loop, zero waste heat system. We applied for the resources to build just exactly that for our chicken coops, greenhouses, and barn for next winter. Why not? We have the poop and bales of hay, with some other resources and effort, next winter we could be producing all the warmth we need without depending on electricity. Want to know more? Join us for a conversation on compost the first weekend in March. 

Hydrogen is the most abundant element on the planet. It’s all around us, locked up in water and all the life forms around, including us humans and in terms of climate change it’s as clean as it gets. It has the potential to lead us into an almost completely green future but there’s a problem. Whilst it’s all around us the key phrase is ‘locked-up’ because it’s combined in molecules but very scarce indeed as the free gas that can power most human needs from transport to power grids, through heating systems.

The big technological problem holding back the roll out of hydrogen-based systems is capturing it from the environment; currently relatively expensive. Solutions for other hydrogen problems, such as storing it safely and developing cheaper catalysts for the fuel cells needed to drive cars, trucks, ships, and aircraft too, are in the pipeline. Battery power has been hogging the headlines with Tesla firmly fixed as the brand synonymous with EV’s, rather like Hoover for vacuums, but the green credentials of batteries are questionable with a huge carbon footprint in their production before a wheel even turns. And the simple fact is that batteries don’t produce power, they use power.

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