You've probably heard of solar power - perhaps you have a solar panel or two on top of your house - and most people have seen a windmill in their life. You might even live near a hydroelectric dam.

But in India, scientists at the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University are currently working on a new method of electricity generation that is a little bit different from those technologies.

They've recently constructed a demo model generator capable of taking around 4,500 kg of cattle dung and turning it into 240 KW hours of electricity every day.

While some people might find the idea of cow manure electricity kind of strange, this is not an entirely new concept. In fact, farmers have been channelling the power of cattle dung for a while now.

For example, the 'Cow Power' initiative on Blue Spruce Farm in Vermont, USA currently produces enough electricity to power more than 300 homes in the region, using just the methane gas produced from cattle waste.

Blue Spruce Farms claims that their 'Cow Power' not only reduces nasty farm odours, but it also helps bring down the farm's carbon footprint, by ensuring that methane emissions are removed from the air.

According to Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University Vice Chancellor Dr. V.K. Taneja, the next step for their project will be to look at ways to separate their methane output from the carbon dioxide which is also being produced.

From there, they can look to use the methane to generate electricity, while the carbon dioxide will be bottled and sent away for industrial purposes.