1. Converting waste into useful liquids

    jake on 2003.04.17
    at 04:12 pm

    Discover has an article presenting a new machine that turns anything carbon based into various liquids.

    Unlike other solid-to-liquid-fuel processes such as cornstarch into ethanol, this one will accept almost any carbon-based feedstock. If a 175-pound man fell into one end, he would come out the other end as 38 pounds of oil, 7 pounds of gas, and 7 pounds of minerals, as well as 123 pounds of sterilized water.

    This is a major breakthrough for our oil dependency.

    Just converting all the U.S. agricultural waste into oil and gas would yield the energy equivalent of 4 billion barrels of oil annually. In 2001 the United States imported 4.2 billion barrels of oil.

    Though as chewy says, this could create more Hummer's and less Mini's. Which would be a horrible tragedy.

    We can now bring back our troops. Oh wait, there's other things that need to be fixed first.

    Boing Boing found this here.

    Posted in: Science


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