In Britain, scientists have started shooting “artificial lightning” on cow manure to fight greenhouse gases
The plasma beam turns harmful ammonia into pure nitrogen, which farmers can use as fertilizer. Norwegian technology company N2 Applied has started testing technology to combat climate change on a farm in British Buckinghamshire: scientists shoot cow manure with a plasma charge, the BBC reports.
An overheated stream of atoms destroys molecules of ammonia and methane harmful to the environment in cow manure. Ammonia, when treated with “artificial lightning”, turns into pure nitrogen – farmers use it as fertilizer.According to the British consulting company ADAS, tests of the technology in Buckinghamshire showed a reduction in ammonia content in liquid manure by 90%, and methane emissions by 99%.
The developers note that the technology can help solve the problem of climate change and combat air pollution in rural and urban areas: according to a BBC correspondent, after treatment, manure smells like “the seashore”. If the technology is available, it will be used everywhere.Cows and other ruminants hold the record for emissions of methane, one of the main greenhouse gases. It enters the atmosphere through belching and manure, produced in the intestines during the digestion of fiber. To reduce gas emissions, scientists began feeding animals algae and accustoming cows to the toilet.