The Company CWT beat them to the punch back in 1998. CWT uses a different approach, instead of "biofuel" created by bacteria, they have developed a process called Thermostable Depolymerization (TSDP)
that utilizes off the shelf oil refining equipment.
TSDP actually has an advantage over this "biomethod", you can use anything that has organic material- not just food waste and plant material, but hazardous chemicals, styrofoam, and plastics too, and even mixed materials that include non-organic materials, which are converted to raw minerals.
In 2002 ConAgra opened the first commercial TSDP facility to process 200 tons of turkey guts every day. Initial reports were that 100% of the BTUs were recovered, 15% of them returned to fuel the process- making it about 85% efficient. Keep in mind the input is 100% organic material, so mixed wastes like computer monitors and TVs will lower the efficency but produce medical grade minerals and usable metal alloys.
Four more TSDP plants are going in world wide- one in Philadelphia, one in Italy, one in Greece, and the fourth in Germany.
Do a search for the article "Anything into Oil.
" from Discover magizine....you will find the details in the original and follow up articles.
Originally Posted by metala
I don't think methane can be compared to the oil.
It can be used as a fuel, but nothing to do with the plastics and PVC.
Safe??? Believe me, they are not. Shuttles are using LH and LO, and they explode very often.
It seems that electric cars are more efficient.
It has EVERYTHING
to do with plascics and PVC. Where do you think the fuel comes from to get the heat needed to polymerize oil?
Look up the NTSB tests on High pressure hydrogen tanks vs. gasoline tanks. They actually set 2 cars on fire, one with hydrogen and one with gasoline. The pressure of the hydrogen kept the fire from entering the cylinder, and did not explode- just merely shot a jet of fire 15 feet into the air for a few minutes thnen died. The Gasoline car burned a few minutes, then exploded impressively, sending burning schrapnel flying for hundreds of feet. Hydrogen is by far safer than gasoline.Edited by Ravin - 5/26/08 at 12:33pm