Milk Does A Body Good...But Cow Manure Helps Save Our Planet

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Season three of Tomorrow’s World Today begins at California’s Airosa Dairy in Tulare, California, where Field Reporter Darieth Chisolm takes viewers through the process of how this dairy farm is turning methane from cow manure into renewable natural gas (RNG). From Airosa Dairy, it is transferred to Calgren Dairy Fuels, whose job is to capture the methane and process it into RNG to be used in the real world by SoCalGas, the nation’s largest gas distribution utility.

“Renewable natural gas and other green fuels like hydrogen are key components to building an integrated, 21st-century energy system, that is clean, reliable and affordable, said Andy Carrasco, Chief Environmental Officer at SoCalGas.

Go ahead and enjoy a cold glass of milk when you sit down to watch the season three premiere of Tomorrow’s World Today this weekend on Science Channel and Discovery. Besides helping you keep your bones strong, the cow that brought you your milk may also have been responsible for helping to power the truck that brought it to your grocery store. Smart moo-ve, if you ask us.

Season three of Tomorrow’s World Today begins at California’s Airosa Dairy in Tulare, California, where Field Reporter Darieth Chisolm takes viewers through the process of how this dairy farm is turning methane from cow manure into renewable natural gas (RNG). From Airosa Dairy, it is transferred to Calgren Dairy Fuels, whose job is to capture the methane and process it into RNG to be used in the real world by SoCalGas, the nation’s largest gas distribution utility.

“Airosa Dairy, which has been in business since 1912, farms 1,350 acres and milks 2,800 cows. The family-owned dairy operates with a long-term view of building a facility that will be modern and support new technology and new ideas,” said Joey Airoso owner and operator of Airosa Dairy. “This philosophy works in conjunction with our current efforts to capture methane from the manure of our cows using anaerobic digestion – which can be used for renewable energy and contribute to the longevity of the dairy industry as well as help to meet California’s climate goals.”

But the episode isn’t just about cows. Chisolm then heads over to the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California Irvine to learn about the newest innovations in fuel cell technology systems and hydrogen. Overall, the episode will leave viewers with a deeper understanding of how waste from cows, grass clippings and food scraps can become renewable natural gas and how wind and sun can be stored in the form of hydrogen to benefit our environment.

“It’s important to note that there are many ways to generate, utilize and store renewable fuels such as hydrogen, said Dr. Jack Brouwer, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine. “For example, renewable hydrogen can be made by power-to-gas using excess solar or wind power, which can be used as transportation fuel at hydrogen fueling stations, or that can be stored in our pre-existing natural gas infrastructure for use in our homes and businesses while producing a much more cost-effective massive renewable energy storage option than batteries.”

“Renewable natural gas and other green fuels like hydrogen are key components to building an integrated, 21st-century energy system, that is clean, reliable and affordable, said Andy Carrasco, Chief Environmental Officer at SoCalGas. “This is why SoCalGas continues to focus on innovation and our role in helping California to meet its climate goals. Last year, SoCalGas committed to replacing 20% of our traditional natural gas we deliver to most of our customers with renewable gas by 2030. We look forward to working with our partners like Calgren Dairy Fuels, Airosa Dairy and the National Fuel Cell Research Center to continue to bring these clean fuels to market for customers.”

Season three of Emmy-nominated Tomorrow’s World Today premieres on Saturday, October 3 at 8:30 am ET/PT on Science Channel and Sunday, October 4 at 6:30 am on Discovery.

About Tomorrow’s World Today
Season Three of this family-friendly, cutting-edge television show travels the world in search of innovative pioneers who are creating new ways to utilize our natural and technological resources for a more sustainable lifestyle. Tomorrow’s World Today has a home base in Pittsburgh, PA, one of the nation’s most progressive tech landscapes.

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