Skip to comments.Biomass can change the world
Posted on 03/06/2006 6:42:02 PM PST by grandpa jones
JACKSON - Hitler had one big problem in his plan to conquer the world: Germany had no oil or gas. The invasion of Russia was supposed to fix that problem, but that came to a bitter end.
Germany's brilliant engineers came up with a solution. It was called Fischer-Tropsch, a complex chemical process that extracts fuel from tar, coal and lignite. These bulky raw materials were broken down into simple hydrogen and carbon molecules, then reconstituted into liquid fuel. After the failed Russian invasion, Germany embarked on a massive campaign to build the new plants.... After the war, the discovery of cheap oil and gas relegated Fischer-Tropsch to a minor role in chemical engineering until, 50 years later, we started to run low on fossil fuels. Last week, I flew up to Aberdeen, Miss. Van Tine picked me up at the airport and within minutes we were at Stan Pearson's dream come true. With run-of-the-mill refining equipment, they have built a pilot plant that is turning "wood waste" into car fuel at a cost of 85 cents per gallon. With a full-scale plant, Van Tine is confident they could produce 214 gallons of fuel per ton of biomass. If they do, they would quadruple ethanol yields from existing methods and prove biomass could indeed fill America's gas tanks.
(Excerpt) Read more at zwire.com ...
The whole process takes a few seconds. The carbon conversion rate is 99 percent. The hydrogen comes from water and the biomass itself. The carbon comes courtesy of the sun and photosynthesis. The energy to superheat the "food stock" comes from the plant itself, which must cannibalize 18 percent of its energy to keep itself running.
Pearson Technologies has applied for a process patent on their catalyst. It's their "black box," no bigger than a refrigerator. There are only two other competing biomass Fischer-Tropsch catalysts in the world.
"I get calls all day long from all over the world," Van Tine said.
Van Tine believes he can build a plant capable of producing 100 million gallons of ethanol a year. If so, 10 plants in Mississippi could provide enough fuel to keep every car running in the state. He cringes to think of all the wood waste from Katrina that could have been converted into fuel.
Environmentalists love this stuff. Fossil fuels come from underground, but all of the ethanol carbon comes from the atmosphere. The process doesn't put any new carbon dioxide in the air. It just recycles what's already in the atmosphere.
the future is now .
Heat your house for one fourth the cost of fuel.
Environmentalists hate anything that keeps us on the road. Meanwhile, they'll jet around to various global warming conferences, and use lots of limo service once they arrive.
I've been heating my whole house (and hot water) on wood pellets for 10 years now.
Nothing new here...
"Environmentalists love this stuff. Fossil fuels come from underground, but all of the ethanol carbon comes from the atmosphere. The process doesn't put any new carbon dioxide in the air. It just recycles what's already in the atmosphere."
Not just environmentalists.
EXCEPT Hitler's War Machine ran on coal gasification over 60 years ago and those plans now sit in an archive at Texas A&M at College Station. A Gasification plant was built in 1981 in Beulah North Dakota using these plans.
How does that song go? "Everything Old is New Again!"
Do you know which country the patent application was made in?
U.S. Applications Here <- clickit
1400 Lbs. of Ethanol (214 Gallons) from 2000 Lbs of wood is a very impressive conversion rate. There would have to be no water in the wood to make this even remotely possible. I would have to see a lot more information before I would believe this.
Anybody remember the film "The Formula"? This topic comes and goes about once a decade.
When the article includes falsehoods, it makes the real stuff look doubtful. The world's reserves have more than doubled since 1980. That is after meeting a continually rising demand.
Can I invest in the plan?
Well the price still goes up, so that don't help much.
My friend mentioned that someone he knew that was in WWII:
They captured a staff car that ran on this stuff and it ran great, but they gave it to their commander and who knows where it went!
The key is finding a large source of biomass that could power this nation for generations to come.
Anyone know if Michael Moore would be willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good?
Oh, and those Saudi "proven" (but only estimated, as the chart says) reserves, those were doubled several years back, as were most other OPEC producers "reserves", without drilling a single exploratory hole. Their annual production quotas were tied to their reserves, so they simply upped their "reserves." See Matthew Simmons' book, Twilight in the Desert for all the details.
How does it extract the CO2 from the atmosphere? I thought it was taking CO2 from biomass.
the plants use the co2 to make wood, the reactor uses the wood to make fuel, the engine uses the fuel and produces co2