udonpower

Today, ladies and gentlemen, we have for you the future of electricity production. No more mining, no more worries about radiation, no more oil. And it’s as simple as throwing your leftover noodles in a giant pot!

Wait, noodles?

That’s right! Your tasty, leftover udon may soon be producing enough electricity for fifty households!

▼ The future of electricity??Kakeudon

Udon, if you’re not unfamiliar, is a type of wheat noodles, which are popular throughout Japan, particularly Shikoku. Thick and chewy, the noodles can be found in a wide variety dishes–from hot or cold soups to stir-fry–and have been a part of Japanese cuisine since at least the 13th century. However, you’ll soon be able to find them in an altogether different kind of recipe.

The Chiyoda Manufacturing Corporation, based out of Kagawa Prefecture in the Shikoku area of Japan, has come up with a delicious twist on producing energy: udon! The industrial machinery manufacturer has announced that, starting in September, they will begin production of electricity through the use of methane gas harvested from fermented udon. The company plans to collect leftover noodles and pack them into a large tank—eight meters (about 26 feet) in diameter and eight meters tall—built in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture.

▼ The magical “udon-to-methane” tank!udon tank

They believe that they will be able to generate enough methane gas to power turbines 24 hours a day and, in turn, generate 180,000 kilowatt-hours of power a year—enough for 50 average households.

So where are these leftover noodles coming from?

The company is already engaged in ethanol production using udon remains from a local noodle company, but they’ve found that they have a lot of unused udon leftover—almost one-and-a-half tons of it each day. By using these leftovers in the methane-producing tank, Chiyoda can drastically reduce waste. The company will supplement their noodles by collecting food waste from restaurants—a sort of giant electricity-producing stir-fry if you think about it!

▼ Tasty and good for the environment!
Yaki-udon

Currently, the company only has one tank built, but they are aiming to start taking orders for more by the end of the year.

Between global warming and radiation fears, we have to wonder—is this the future of electricity? Of course, burning methane isn’t completely clean, but it is significantly cleaner than other hydrocarbons.

Japanese Internet users were mostly entertained by the news.

It starts in Kagawa, of course.

Perpetual motion udon??

“Udonhydrate” Hahahaha!

It seems like they’ll be making beds and houses out of udon next.

Why don’t they just give the leftover udon to livestock??

What the heck? It’s not exactly a pyramid scheme or bank transfer fraud, but something about this just seems…sneaky.

It only seems sneaky because of how clever it is! While it may not entirely replace other forms of energy production, this could certainly be a great new way to supplement our electricity supply. Though you probably don’t want to live too close to the methane-producing tank.

Sources: Shikoku News, Itai News
Images: Shikoku news, Wikipedia