Skip to comments.Anything that grows 'can convert into oil'
Posted on 05/06/2008 8:04:44 AM PDT by Republic Can
After three years of clandestine development, a Georgia company is now going public with a simple, natural way to convert anything that grows out of the Earth into oil.
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It will remain buried until the gubbmit figures out how to tax the hell out of it.
A use for kudzu?
Why would it get buried? All the guy has to do is start producing oil and selling it. When these things dont happen its usually because the original claim was bogus.
Send public funding. Cash infusion needed immediately.
that was my first thought also
I doubt seriously it can work on the scale he’s imagining. The biomass conversion efficiency may not be as good as he thinks on a large scale, and this will also have unintended consequences. For one I can see the biomass not being plowed back into the soil for decomposition, increasing fertilizer usage.
WTF on the Stanford solar cell? Sounds like all the 100 mpg carburators urban legends. I’ve seen a lot of photovoltaic claims since graduating from engineering school in 1979, and NONE of them were able to stand up under real world conditions. Mass production either did not lower the cost enough, or the cells deteriorated badly under the UV radiation in sunlight too fast.
The fact that all of these amazing discoveries "get buried" tells me that they just don't work as advertised.
So we would use Methane gas? Isn’t this the process he perfected? And doesn’t methane gas increase CO2? I’m so confused.
FWIW, it looks like they are a legitimate company
involved in peanut-based products. (Powdered peanut butter?)
J.C. Bell...Peanuts...Could J.C. have been named after our old friend Jimmah Carter?
Kudzu was my first thought.
I also wonder if Kudzu would grow in Iraq.
My government can't make a profit on Amtrack; how the heck are they going to carry off a conspiracy like this?
Who ended up with George Washington Carver's peanut recipes? Maybe this idea isn't all that new after all...
Great minds think alike. Kudzu was my first thought as well.
Now if they could find a way to convert human waste into oil, there would be no limit.
They have applied for a patent, a good thing, They claim that a pilot plant will be operational, if this works he will have NO problem getting VC money. Whether the process can be scaled to industrial levels and produce oil at competitive prices remain to be seen.
IF this can work at an industrial level expect to see some short selling of oil futures. Using garbage, and stuff thrown in landfills currently would be a good thing.
Kudzu. Might be the only thing Carter and I would agree on.
Didn’t he have an emergency disater plan against Kudzu when he was Pres??? and to think it might havce saved his presidency if only he had enbraced his inner Kudzu and converted it into oil.
THE Arc of the Covenant, or one of those Chinese knock-offs?
As an aside to this, North Dakota takes brown lignite coal, extracts the methane, (along with other gaseous and solid components) and creates LNG, or Liquid Natural Gas.
That gas powers power plants as far away as the east coast.
As noted above, other products include butane, propane, fertilizer compounds, and, CO2, which is shipped to Canada and sequestered in the tar oil fields deep underground.
I wish our GOP leaders would grow a set and drill here.
“We have all this really cool stuff that we’ve invented and are going to show everyone, but we can’t quite manage to put up our web site.”
That’s how I read the article at least. I don’t know sounds a lot like a bunch of the zero point energy guys. “We have free energy, but we can’t power our computers to put up a web site”.
Kudzu grows in Hell, it should find Iraq quite pleasant.
I'm pretty sure that's where it came from...
“Soylent Oil is People!!!!”
That’ll teach me to read to the bottom before trying to make lame jokes....
Grows everwhere else
I believe that this might turn into a viable technology, although I think that bioengineered algae might be a more direct route to usable vehicle fuels.
This depends on bacterial digestion of organic feedstocks, which might not be available in the quantity and quality required to be self-sustaining. By “quality” I mean that the feedstock would need to be free of toxins that might kill the bacteria - such as heavy metals or pesticides. That means that the process would require crops grown for the purpose.
I do think this is well worth pursuing, if only for the purpose of recovering useful energy from what would otherwise just become excess landfill. Algae would more directly harness sunlight and CO2 to create the feedstock, but if bacteria can be engineered to produce hydrocarbons, why not algae?
Yeah, I know. If I’m so smart, why ain’t I rich?
It’s only in the lab so far, scaling it up is always the problem.
Plus this is a biologic approach, so any contamination introduced by the feedstock can FUBAR the whole system.
Wish them luck, they will need it.
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