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Soon, aircraft may be powered by cow poo

world Updated: Jun 12, 2013 09:42 IST

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A plane powered by cow dung has been short-listed as one of the ideas in an aircraft designing contest. The contest, Fly Your Ideas, is sponsored by Airbus.

Submitted by some engineering students from Australia, it will see the jet fuelled by methane generated from farmyard waste stored in refrigerated pods next to the plane’s engines.

The CLiMA team estimates the smelly solution could cut CO2 emissions by up to 97%, the Sun reported.

Floating luggage on a bed of air for easy access and a jet running on passengers’ body heat are some of the other ideas which have found entry in the contest.

The final two entries on the shortlist of five are a plane made of shape-shifting materials to cut noise and one powered by rechargeable batteries.

Airbus will award £25,500 to the winner.

Brazil’s Team Levar dreamt up the floating-luggage concept.

The idea of using passenger’s body heat to generate power was conceived by a Malaysian group. Their invention says that seat sensors can capture energy to run onboard electrical systems, cutting energy demands.

The winner will be announced in Paris on Friday.