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World needs needs Tequila power: report (Better Bio-fuel)
The Register ^ | 29 July 2011 | Richard Chirgwin

Posted on 07/28/2011 8:28:21 PM PDT by dayglored

Agave a better biofuel than sugar cane

Agave produces a highly-efficient intoxicant, as anyone who’s woken up “Wasting Away in Margaritaville” can attest. According to a joint Sydney University / Oxford University study, the plant could also be a highly-efficient feedstock for biofuels...

[Agave is] an arid plant, which means it’s suitable for regions where food crops are at best marginal...

By moving ethanol feedstock away from high-quality farmland, agave-driven ethanol production would therefore solve one of the conundrums of biofuels: the accusation that corn- or sugar-based ethanol production displaces food production...

Study of a trial plantation near the regional Queensland town of Ayr has found that costs and profits should be similar to the sugar cane industry.

(Excerpt) Read more at theregister.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: biofuel; energy; ethanol; napl; renewable; tequila
Q. "What's your car run on?"
A. "Tequila!"

Jokes aside, this could be the answer to the criticism of biofuel manufacture -- that it uses valuable food production land. Agave grows in the flipping DESERT!

Of course, as one for whom a good Tequila is the nectar of the gods, I have to say, "Grow all the agave you wish, for biofuel, but be sure to save enough for the manufacture of potable ROCKET FUEL as well!"

1 posted on 07/28/2011 8:28:27 PM PDT by dayglored
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To: Slings and Arrows

Might not be a ping... just off-beat enough to maybe qualify?


2 posted on 07/28/2011 8:29:54 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

Imagine the MSDS. Warning, this product has been known to cause women’s clothing to spontaneously fall off.


3 posted on 07/28/2011 8:30:55 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: dayglored

Doesn’t Agave take a long time to grow and mature?


4 posted on 07/28/2011 8:33:28 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: dayglored
Original source article in "Energy & Encironmental Science" journal.

Sorry it's kinda blurry. It was out of focus in the original article, I swear. The blurriness has nothing to do with the Tequila...

5 posted on 07/28/2011 8:36:20 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

Agave, switchgrass, miscanthus, corn stover, forest and ag waste - virtually all plants, trees, bushes, and other flora contain lignocellulose that can be used to make biofuels without touching the food supply chain. Remember the original reason for bioethanol from corn wasn’t based on a fuel shortage, it was aimed at creating demand and thus higher prices for corn.


6 posted on 07/28/2011 8:38:15 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: dayglored
I tried that, but I had such a terrible headache the next day.
7 posted on 07/28/2011 8:39:39 PM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: dayglored

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG6P2rBU-ho


8 posted on 07/28/2011 8:41:41 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic.com. Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: Grizzled Bear
> Imagine the MSDS. Warning, this product has been known to cause women’s clothing to spontaneously fall off.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj2700em-JQ

9 posted on 07/28/2011 8:41:44 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
"...in related news, the entire biofuels industry is jail facing charges of indecent exposure and public drunkeness..."


10 posted on 07/28/2011 8:43:38 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
"TE-QUILA!!!"
11 posted on 07/28/2011 8:44:00 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

Get ready for $50 margaritas at your local watering hole;)


12 posted on 07/28/2011 8:46:55 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Lazlo in PA
> Doesn’t Agave take a long time to grow and mature?

Yes, takes a long time to flower, although it varies based on climate, soil, etc. It's called the "Century Plant" for that reason. Luckily it's a perennial, even though each stem flowers and dies after one flowering.

13 posted on 07/28/2011 8:48:43 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: bigbob

Just great. How many bobs do we have here? I know about WobblyBob and there may be a WhataboutBob and over in Iraq we left behind BagdadBob. The tequila is getting to me.


14 posted on 07/28/2011 8:49:41 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Yes I backed over the vampire but I swear I didn't see him in the rearview mirror.)
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To: dayglored
Blue (tequila-making) Agave plant.

For scale, check out the dude standing in the upper left. The spikes are about 4-6 feet long!


15 posted on 07/28/2011 8:54:13 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

BS, still requires the same amount of money to process and much more. In fertilizer cost. And slow slow slow growth cycle. Waste of money.


16 posted on 07/28/2011 8:56:49 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: dayglored

Who wants to wait for ten years to get the first crop from agave? It would make more sense to process sewage into oil.

Steady stock supply and a well known process.


17 posted on 07/28/2011 8:59:04 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

and repeat
18 posted on 07/28/2011 9:00:43 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Keep the 'ICk" in Democratic)
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To: Lady Jag

19 posted on 07/28/2011 9:05:40 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Tequila is liquid magic. It can cause the occurrence of events and actions that no other substance in the world is capable of producing.


20 posted on 07/28/2011 9:13:50 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: count-your-change
> Who wants to wait for ten years to get the first crop from agave?

Point taken... It would require someone with a long-term view, I imagine. After the first crop starts producing, then it just rolls on ad infinitum. But that initial wait is sort of a bummer.

21 posted on 07/28/2011 9:24:30 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored
For the maker of tequila it might make sense but for bio-fuel?

That's where using sewage to oil would have such an advantage, a waste product is used as a stock, and both oil and an a completely sanitary charcoal like product could be made for fertilizer avoiding having anything to landfill.

Nothing too esoteric or complicated.

22 posted on 07/28/2011 11:45:32 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Tippling the merchandise?

Getting tanked on what’s for the tank?

Sampling the stores?

Siphoning off some of the profits?

Agave at the office?


23 posted on 07/29/2011 5:21:11 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

LOL!


24 posted on 07/29/2011 4:56:56 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: dayglored

Sounds promising, let the market decide.

Asbestos underwear on now- IMNSHO burning tequila is the best possible use for it.

-—————> Running


25 posted on 07/29/2011 7:56:23 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- mission accomplished)
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To: bigbob

I always saw biofuels as less of an energy solution and more of a waste management solution. Getting rid of grease from restaurants is a nasty business.


26 posted on 07/29/2011 8:10:06 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- mission accomplished)
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To: dayglored

Agreed- even a new vineyard can produce something drinkable after five years.


27 posted on 07/29/2011 8:13:02 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- mission accomplished)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks dayglored.
Agave produces a highly-efficient intoxicant... According to a joint Sydney University / Oxford University study, the plant could also be a highly-efficient feedstock for biofuels... [Agave is] an arid plant, which means it's suitable for regions where food crops are at best marginal...
Figures they'd discover this while studying joints. Wait, what?


28 posted on 07/30/2011 12:22:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ummm, sorry, I forgot the question...?


29 posted on 07/30/2011 2:16:50 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!

Have you ever seen an angry SUV after a 3-day drinking binge? Put tequila in your tank? Only if YOU stay up with it cleaning up vomit all night!


30 posted on 07/30/2011 5:55:51 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The liberal press applauded when the NY Times hacked Newt Gingrich's phone calls.)
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To: a fool in paradise
Hire a pit bull as a chauffeur.
31 posted on 07/30/2011 7:39:41 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: dayglored

Pass the chips and dip, willya?


32 posted on 07/31/2011 9:17:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: dayglored

33 posted on 07/31/2011 9:22:04 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SunkenCiv
> Pass the chips and dip, willya?

Sure thing (slurp) no prob' (snork) just a sec... I'm licking the last of the (slurp) guacamole out of the bowl....

Once under the spell of agave I put some of Dave's Ultimate Insanity hot sauce on a chip and ate it. Took me 5 minutes to get back to the point where I could breath. Another 10 minutes before I could speak.

More agave nectar to rinse the burn away.... might have been Patron, I honestly don't recall. Great stuff!!

34 posted on 07/31/2011 9:45:12 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

So-called Scientific American has some anti-biofuel screed in the current issue.


35 posted on 08/01/2011 5:05:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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