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[io9]We’re one step closer to cheap, abundant biofuel

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Biofuels are made from carbohydrates and fats in corn and other feedstock. This is a wasteful process because it leaves behind all the protein, a far more abundant substance. As a result, one of the big questions for alternative energy researchers is how we can pull biofuel from protein. Especially because proteins are also present in industrial waste products from agricultural processing - things like corn husks, for example. Imagine if you could take corn husks and turn them into gas. Well, now we're one step closer.
http://io9.com/#!5779230/engineered-...undant-biofuel
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Nice, But how hard is it to make? Will it still cost a arm and a leg for gas because it is hard to make?
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Gas isn't even in a shortage, you do understand that gas prices are only high because of certain political events. I'm not going to get into that, don't care, but we could make gas a hell of a lot cheaper than any current alternative. =(

I do however want an alternative to come out soon, so that we can rid gas companies of the grip and control they have on society. I want bio-diesel! I want it now!!! I actually want more nuclear power first, but this is good too.
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How about we use... Solar O.O?
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The link is broken. You have to remove the #!.
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Does a different article about the same thing count as a repost? Anywho there was an article about this exact same thing.

OCN post

Actual article

I really hope this comes to fruition.
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Gas isn't even in a shortage, you do understand that gas prices are only high because of certain political events. I'm not going to get into that, don't care, but we could make gas a hell of a lot cheaper than any current alternative. =(

I do however want an alternative to come out soon, so that we can rid gas companies of the grip and control they have on society. I want bio-diesel! I want it now!!! I actually want more nuclear power first, but this is good too.
lolwut?

http://www.chrismartenson.com/blog/e...e/48474?page=4

They better start soon.
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How about we use... Solar O.O?
Umm... on aircraft?
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The whole idea of modifying E.coli to do various biofuel conversions is nice, but the problem is that you need such massive cultivation tanks for the bacteria + feedstock source to produce fuel at any appreciable amount. So much that it would require giant ponds--ponds that you couldn't practically generate indoors, and would inevitably need to source in the environment. And in case people haven't noticed, the general public isn't keen on E.coli being abundantly available in the environment, especially areas that could enter their water table. Things like this are a nice proof-of-principle, but I'd be shocked if they become large-scale enough to really impact our dependence on oil and other fossil fuels. Like the idea of biofuels in general, this idea is just cannot sustain or even supplement the current demand for fuels.

Biofuel is a nice term that people like to drop to gain public support, but it really isn't a practical solution to our dependence on combustion for things like energy production and transportation, etc. At best, it'll be a poor stop-gap for a few years, but realistically won't go anywhere with enough impact to affect much. We really need to move toward alternative methods of generating energy, transportation, etc., outside of combustion of fossil or bio fuels.
    
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Gas isn't even in a shortage, you do understand that gas prices are only high because of certain political events. I'm not going to get into that, don't care, but we could make gas a hell of a lot cheaper than any current alternative. =(

I do however want an alternative to come out soon, so that we can rid gas companies of the grip and control they have on society. I want bio-diesel! I want it now!!! I actually want more nuclear power first, but this is good too.
Yes, get rid of the evil oil companies, except they will be replaced by evil bio-fuel companies...

Gas prices are high because of market futures, the actual amount of fuel available has little to do with it at present.
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