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McTag
 
Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 03:40 pm

A tree fungus could provide green fuel that can be pumped directly into vehicle tanks, US scientists say. The organism, found in the Patagonian rainforest, naturally produces a mixture of chemicals that is remarkably similar to diesel.

"This is the only organism that has ever been shown to produce such an important combination of fuel substances," said Gary Strobel, a plant scientist from Montana State University, who led the work. "We were totally surprised to learn that it was making a plethora of hydrocarbons."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/nov/04/biofuel-plants-biochemistry-science


This seems an interesting discovery, but maybe difficult to mass-produce.
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 04:40 pm
@McTag,
The oil from algae idea is totally workable. As opposed to the recent past, there are now several alternative energy tech ideas which are in fact worth taking a look at. Oil from algae is one, the EESTOR super capacitor is another, the Evinrude/bombardier new-gen two stroke engines are another, and the Mighty (Massive Yet Tiny) engine may be the most interesting of the lot.

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farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 05:15 pm
@McTag,
several plants do this, Ive been told by researchers. We make biodiesel in a small reactor and are using several plant derived Fatty acids. Ive been told that several species of PAtagonian wild potatos and the Jojoba plant also will produce a xcomplex sucrose based ester that is just like diesel and is energy dense. The big problem with all these plant methods is the way to exptract the fuel. Im still sold on the ALGAE reactors being worked out in the SW US(TExas A&M and RICE U) and in Algeria (set up by Planck Institute). The algae based fatty acids need to be turned into diesel fuel by an alcohol and Hydroxide "Esterification process" so they arent a complete "plant to tank" fuel, they do need a heat generating conversion process which generates a lot of glycwrine as a by product (we will have enough soap and candle raw materials).
NOW, if we could make wooden reactors and some diluent to carry the fungus diesel, we could have these on board our pickup trucks and generate our own fuels as we drive (JUST kidding).

They are finding all kinds of plants that generate esters and fatty acids for ready made diesel fuels. WE dont have any energy problem if we shifted to a diesel engine base.
hamburger
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 06:06 pm
@farmerman,
farmerman wrote :

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WE dont have any energy problem if we shifted to a diesel engine base.


we owned a rabbit diesel from1979 to 1988 - 5 l/100 km ! - no engine repairs ever - muffler lasted throughout - the rusties got it eventually (that was before "rustcheck" ) .
just bought a new honda accord . i might have considered a VW diesel again but a/t consumer reports , VW is having reliabilty problems .
hbg
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JTT
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 06:36 pm
@McTag,
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Bio-diesel, but better


Isn't this, quintessentially, bio-diesel?
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