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Imagine powering homes, cars with farm waste

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CHARLOTTE, Vt. -

We've told you in the past about how cow manure is being used to generate electricity; now, researchers say manure can also fuel your car and heat your home.

Nordic Dairy Farms in Charlotte hosted an alternative fuel experiment. Scientists used farm waste to grow a type of algae that can be turned into a biofuel. Researchers say it can replace diesel to run cars, trucks and planes. It can also be used in place of oil in your home's boiler. And the byproduct of the process is an organic fertilizer that farmers can use on their fields.

It all works great in the laboratory and researchers believe the technology can be viable for commercial use.

"Certainly within a 10-year period we will able to get the cost parity and the next steps will be to pilot the program, scale it up to see if it works," said Rich Altman of Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative.

The yearlong study was funded by the U.S Department of Agriculture. The project still needs funding before farm waste can be turned into a usable fuel in Vermont.

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