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nAz
06-04-2004, 12:53 PM
worried about rising oil prices? Biodiesel.. make it yourself!

http://www.wired.com/news/autotech/0,2554,63635,00.html

Biodiesel fueling stations are sprouting like weeds across America, where production of the alternative fuel rose 66 percent in 2003. Experts say the rapid growth of the renewable fuel will stretch the country's tenuous petroleum supply while helping people breathe a little easier.

Damon Toal-Rossi of Iowa City, Iowa, jumped on the biodiesel bandwagon after a friend outlined the benefits of using a fuel made from soy or vegetable oil. The software programmer liked the idea of a cleaner-burning fuel that reduces dependence on foreign oil so much that he traded in his gasoline-powered pickup truck for a diesel-powered Volkswagen Golf.

highsea
06-04-2004, 01:28 PM
I have a friend who used this stuff in his boat. It ran fine, but no sh*t, it smelled like McDonalds french fries everytime he started his engine. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

-CM

wolfdancer
06-04-2004, 04:18 PM
nAz...soy bean, veg oil...passe
This is the real new technology...the power of poop:
The waste you flush down the toilet could one day power the lights in your home. So say researchers at Pennsylvania State University who last week revealed they have developed an electricity generator fuelled by sewage.

Even better, the device breaks down the harmful organic matter as it generates the electricity, so it does the job of a sewage-treatment plant at the same time. Penn State's microbial fuel cell (MFC) harnesses chemical techniques similar to those the body uses to break down food - but diverts the electrons liberated in the reactions to produce electrical energy.

"There are extraordinary benefits if this technology can be made to work," comments Bruce Rittmann, an environmental engineer at Northwestern University in Illinois