Thursday, July 27, 2006
The volume is shocking: equivalent to 33 double-decker buses.
--Gavin Harper*, University of East London
Mind-boggling news from Cadbury. The chocolate manufacturer was forced to dump 250 tons of their chocolate due to possible bacterial contamination.
Mr. Harper, however, was intrigued by the potential power of such an enormous chunk of chocolate. He presented a paper this month at a 'sustainable science' symposium proposing that if the candy had been burned instead for energy, it could have provided enough to run a town of 90,000 people for a week.
Gaynor Hartnell of the Renewable Energy Association in London notes, "Chocolate is biomass. It is also very calorific."
No kidding, Gaynor!
*Author of 50 Awesome Auto Projects for the Evil Genius.