HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
<<  <  Page 3/3
warren@fourward.com
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Non-food crop fuel production
warren@fourward.com   1/29/2013 9:18:20 PM
NO RATINGS
I have been complaining about the garbage corn and soy they grow here in Missouri! You can't eat it, and it goes to highly subsidized fuel that rots your engines, starves the world, and uses more fossil fuel to grow than you get out ! (Exaggeration allowed) Horrid stuff! And McAirplane will be no better.

William K.
User Rank
Platinum
Non-food crop fuel production
William K.   1/29/2013 7:46:40 PM
NO RATINGS
This sounds like an excellent invention indeed. But how much energy is consumed in the production of this fuel?  Currently the ethyl alcohol fuel requires more energy to produce than it delivers, so it is a negative-sum option, aside from taking corn out of the food market. It seems like there must be a fair amount of processing of the raw plants before actual fuel is realized, and not much of that process is free, (I don't think it is free), so there is some sort of cost involved. When will we hear about that side of the story? 

Note that I am not attacking this new product, just hoping to understand it quite a bit better.

NadineJ
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Semi-Arid Land
NadineJ   1/29/2013 6:38:52 PM
NO RATINGS
Good question.  I'd like to see this in cars too! 

Lots of great research was done in the early 20th century that was abandoned for cheaper petroleum based options.  In this new industrial revolution, we can build on the past again.

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Semi-Arid Land
Cabe Atwell   1/29/2013 6:05:33 PM
NO RATINGS
How soon until this is an option for automobiles? Synthetic fuel is nothing new. WWII say coal based fuel power an entire army. The USA tried to keep research on it going, but gasoline was just so much cheaper. However, now... I think it is time to go back.

C

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Semi-Arid Land
Ann R. Thryft   1/29/2013 12:46:46 PM
NO RATINGS
You're right, Greg. So far, this is a Canadian effort, at least on the farmer end of the process. It will be interesting to see whether this particular process catches on among US farmers, also.

Greg M. Jung
User Rank
Platinum
Semi-Arid Land
Greg M. Jung   1/28/2013 10:44:34 PM
NO RATINGS
I especially like the fact that this plant source can grow in semi-arid regions where regular crops do not compete for finite farmland resource.  If I'm reading this correctly, it could not only increase productive land acreage, but could also be a new source of revenue for farmers.

apresher
User Rank
Blogger
Non-Food Jet Biofuel
apresher   1/28/2013 4:54:17 PM
NO RATINGS
Very interesting technology. It's going to be fascinating to see the impact of this type of inquiry over a 5-10 year timeframe. Could be game changing energy source.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Nice to see results
Elizabeth M   1/28/2013 2:15:29 PM
NO RATINGS
It's one thing to test jet biofuel but it's another now to see some results of those tests, and positive ones at that. This is definitely a step in the right direction.

tekochip
User Rank
Platinum
100LL
tekochip   1/28/2013 1:48:44 PM
NO RATINGS
Nice story, any luck on replacing 100 Low Lead?

<<  <  Page 3/3


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Just how far has handheld gaming technology come? Let's take a look inside the Nintendo 3DS XL and find out.
Design, simulation, manufacturability, and prototyping: All of these phases are being pushed forward and progressively by underlying technologies.
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
More:Blogs|News
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jul 6 - 10, Building Raspberry Pi Controllers with Python
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service