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Old 03-06-2006, 07:44 PM   #1
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those dudes make gasoline from their moo doo

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,186739,00.html

Interesting, but not exactly new.

It's called thermochemical conversion, which is somewhat similar to thermal depolymerization.

Thermal depolymerization has been in use for some time now. There's a plant in Carthage, Missouri (next to the Butterball turkey plant) that processes turkey waste (guts, bones, etc.) into oil.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_depolymerization
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Old 03-06-2006, 08:16 PM   #2
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Yes, trying to come up with solutions to the gas problem is all the rage now. An email passed around work is touting Spain's idea of using olives for biofuel. Solutions like this are not scaleable. In order to make it more than a novelty for a few thousand users, you have to scale up agricultural production to meet the demand...and modern agriculture requires gasoline or diesel to increase output. Since you're using gas to produce gas, the net gain scaled is close to zero.

We were developing catalysts for bioreactors at my company a few years ago to replace conventional reactors but on an industrial level they arent economically viable...yet. I like the japanese approach, but the 's (literally) not really scaleable either, especially in japan where arable land is pretty much negligible.

Best way out in the short term once oil dwindles down is synthetic fuels from coal...the germans developed this in WW2 and the south africans (SASOL) have pretty much perfected the catalysts for it. There is a lot of coal out there...unfortunately, climate change is real and we'll probably be worried about other things by the time oil supplies get short. We'll still be able to afford gasoline for our bikes for a couple decades at least.
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Is this the legacy that our children will inherit? If they can make fuel out of cow poo...what about humandookie???? Just my mind wondering...or is that wandering?
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so in the future, we'll have a mini toliet funnel that goes into our fuel tanks?
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the problem is a lot of the refining takes natural gas/oil to do it.
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the problem is a lot of the refining takes natural gas/oil to do it.

Natural gas? Start eating that chili w/ beans...
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Old 03-08-2006, 01:06 PM   #8
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water car

I'm still waiting on a water powered vehicle to be invented. Sounds crazy but it would change the world. I'd doubt that any governemnt would let the technology come to market though.
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Old 03-08-2006, 01:12 PM   #9
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i remember reading about a guy in the 50s or 60s that invented a carb that would allow a car to run off of water.. not sure on all the specs but it would make life easier wouldnt it
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