I'm curious about what materials this process works on.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we could easily grow (and harvest and convert to oil) literally millions of tons of cottonwood trees, which have no economic value at all, otherwise.
posted on 04/13/2004 10:58:51 AM PDT
Changing World Techologies had a really good article published in Discover magazine a while back. My previous posts linked to that article.
The process is also known as Thermal De-polymerization, which uses heat and pressure to do to organtics as mother nature does; but instead of taking millions of years, it takes a few hours.
You can get various weights of oil from just about anything. For example, burn PVC and you get some known cancerous agents. But use TDP, and you get light crude, hydrochloric acid (usefull industrial grade product) and some water. Tires will produce heavy crude. Just about anything living, creates hydrocarbons (plants or animals), which can be used as well as reclaiming some wastes.
Just from using this process to eliminate Beef, chicken, pork and lamb offal; we can replace over 80% of our foreign energy needs. Plus, the claim is that we can make this stuff at a cost of about $10-15/barrel; as opposed to buying it at $30. So, cheap gasoline may be on it's way back.
posted on 04/13/2004 11:07:59 AM PDT
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