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    British inventor Harold Bate has an answer to the energy crisis -- pig mature. Mr.?

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    British inventor Harold Bate has an answer to the energy crisis -- pig mature. Mr. Bate first thought of his "manure mobils" during the Suez Crisis of 1956, when service stations all over Britain were closing. As a boy, he'd seen London buses in World War I operating with great bags of coal gas strapped to the roof. He saw no reason why this couldn't be converted, using other natural resources. Mr. Bate developed his "autogas convert device" at his 450 year old cottage near Blackawton in Devon. Now he claims five thousand motorists as far away as Alaska are using his plan to produce methane gas from manure. the conversion device to the car weighs a little over a pound and costs GBP 13.25 (34 dollars). About 100 pounds of manure is needed to produce the equivalent of a tank of petrol. The "cooking" operation (which includes the addition of straw for carbon; and water, for hydrogen) takes about a fortnight. And according to Mr. Bate, the and product is more efficient, more powerful; and there's no odour and no pollution.

    SYNOPSIS: The common pig isn't everyone's idea of the answer to the energy crisis. But in the eyes of British Inventor. Harold Bate, pigs are certainly part of it. The whole down-to-earth answer -- manure mobiles.

    Mr. Bate claims that for GBP 13.25, the average motorist can harness the unlimited natural resources of the farmyard, and convert them to methane gas...more efficient and powerful then petrol.

    It takes a fortnight...and 100 pounds of manure ....to cook up a batch of methane gas.

    Mr. Bate first decided the use pig power during the 1956 Suez crisis, when service stations all over Britain were closing. The "autogas converter", as it's now known, was developed in a workshop alongside the 4450-year-old Bate's cottage in Devon.

    Mr. Bate claims five thousand motorists ... some as far away as Alaska .. are converting manure to methane in their own backyards. And, that should bring cheers of delight from the opponents of pollution. The methane burns without either odour ... or carbon monoxide fumes.

    As well as there's wide scientific interest in the Bate device. Scientists and industrialists have descended on Blackawton in Devon for first-hand information on the entire process.

    Mr. Bate, naturally, endorses the product. His battered 1955 Hillman has wafted along on it for years.

    By the mere flick of a switch, the old car can be converted from traditional petrol combustion...to modern manure-methane. And that switch can be flicked even when the car is in motion. Mr. Bate says his device can be made to fit any type of vehicle, without alteration to the engine.

    Mr. Bate is continuing his research, but so far he's been unable to find a waste more potent than pig manure. In his words: "There's more heat. It gets you off to a better start."

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