1,000-Pound Butter Sculpture Finds A Second Calling - As Source Of Green Energy!

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While seeing sculptures carved from perishable food is fun, it is also an incredible waste, since the creations often end up in trash. But that fortunately is not going to be the fate of this 1000-pound buttery depiction of a young boy leading his prize winning calf through a county fair. Instead he, will help power a working farm for three whole days!

Large butter sculptures are a tradition at Pennsylvania's Annual Farm show that took place from January 7th -14th. While the food art creation normally ends up in the landfill this year, the organizers decided to donate it to Steve Reiford, a local farmer who apparently is planning to turn into a source of energy.

While that may sound a little far-fetched, butter it turns out, actually has the capability if, handled the right way. However, as you can imagine it does take some special equipment and knowledge.

Steve will begin by mixing in the greasy sculpture into a giant manure pit, which is maintained at a sweltering 100°C, so that the microorganisms in the manure can work efficiently. The tiny creatures will first break apart the fat molecules in butter into simpler molecules and than, help them produce methane - A gas that can be easily converted into energy. Once the breakdown is complete, a process that takes about a month, all Steve will have to do, is hook up a generator. He estimates that the mixture will produce enough methane to power his entire farm for three whole days!

Using perishable food to create energy is not a new idea for Steve. The resourceful farmer regularly obtains leftover food waste from the nearby Walmart and converts it into energy. Often times, he creates so much, that he has excess to sell back to the grid! What a cool way to produce green energy!

Resources: NPR.org, Huffingtonpost.com

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  • #PopCornLoverTuesday, December 9, 2014 at 3:12 pm
    awesome! now all i need is 500 hundred pounds of popcorn and i found something to do over the weekend!
    • bibliophile
      bibliophileMonday, December 8, 2014 at 5:29 pm
      That's cool...the statues are AMAZING...
      • hello pplzMonday, November 10, 2014 at 11:11 am
        it would have to be really cold in there to keep all that butter together
        • thomas_girl101
          thomas_girl101Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 9:23 am
          Thats a ton of butter!! I guess half a ton to be correct....
          • kell-bell
            kell-bellFriday, October 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm
            that's a lot of butter...
            • sierraTuesday, October 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm
              way cool
              • jarrodnys
                jarrodnysTuesday, October 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm
                that's cray cray
                • xxbaconloverxx
                  xxbaconloverxxWednesday, October 8, 2014 at 12:56 pm
                  cray cray is right! :)
                • sierraTuesday, October 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm
                  so cool
                  • gurgle
                    gurgleThursday, July 31, 2014 at 3:56 pm
                    Wow how do they do that that's amazing
                    • guyfjhftyMonday, February 17, 2014 at 7:36 am
                      this is awsome