Firm claims it can make oil from plankton

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yahoo.com said:
MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish company claimed on Thursday to have developed a method of breeding plankton and turning the marine plants into oil, providing a potentially inexhaustible source of clean fuel. Vehicle tests are some time away because the company, Bio Fuel Systems, has not yet tried refining the dark green coloured crude oil phytoplankton turn into, a spokesman said.
Bio Fuel Systems is a wholly Spanish firm, formed this year in eastern Spain after three years of research by scientists and engineers connected with the University of Alicante.
"Bio Fuel Systems has developed a process that converts energy, based on three elements: solar energy, photosynthesis and an electromagnetic field," it said in a press dossier.
"That process allows us to obtain biopetroleum, equivalent to that of fossil origin."
Phytoplankton, like other plants, absorb carbon dioxide as they grow. Scientists have examined the possibility of stimulating growth of the single cell plants as a means of reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
CO2, liberated by burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas, is widely held responsible for global warming.
Bio Fuel Systems said its new fuel would reduce CO2, was free of other contaminants like sulphur dioxide and would be cheaper than fossil oil is now.
"Our system of bioconversion is about 400 times more productive than any other plant-based system producing oil or ethanol," it said, referring to currently available biofuels made from plants like maize or oilseeds.
Bio Fuel Systems is working with scientists at the University of Alicante on the project. It has drawn up industrial plans to make the fuel and says it will be able to start continuous production in 14 to 18 months.
 
NOOOOOOOOO!!!

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Well, we'll be able to become less dependent on Middle Eastern oil at least.


Until our cities get flooded :(
 
eh... it's a nice thought, but we still need to find a fuel source to replace oil. but, at least with this i won't be spending nearly $3.50 a gallon to put gass in my car... hopefully
 
In the midwest where im from they are making fuel out of corn.
Renewable and it burns clean. I'm starting to see cars with little stickers on it saying they are powered by E85 fuel or whatever they call it now.

I just dont understand why the US Govt. isnt jumping all over this ****
 
Because they don't care.
 
Zaed said:
I just dont understand why the US Govt. isnt jumping all over this ****

Are you serious? The government is run by big oil. They don't want anyone cutting into their profit margins.
 
Zaed said:
In the midwest where im from they are making fuel out of corn.
Renewable and it burns clean. I'm starting to see cars with little stickers on it saying they are powered by E85 fuel or whatever they call it now.

I just dont understand why the US Govt. isnt jumping all over this ****

Probably because you could convert every square inch of farmland to growing corn for fuel and still meet only about 20% of what is needed.
 
Zaed said:
In the midwest where im from they are making fuel out of corn.
Renewable and it burns clean. I'm starting to see cars with little stickers on it saying they are powered by E85 fuel or whatever they call it now.

I just dont understand why the US Govt. isnt jumping all over this ****

$$$$$$$$$$$
 
Then what will whales eat?:(
 
War Lord said:
Probably because you could convert every square inch of farmland to growing corn for fuel and still meet only about 20% of what is needed.


they are paying farmers to actually NOT grow corn out here cause there's too much of it so that arguement is weak.
 
IAmHe9 said:
Originally Posted by yahoo.com
MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish company claimed on Thursday to have developed a method of breeding plankton and turning the marine plants into oil, providing a potentially inexhaustible source of clean fuel. Vehicle tests are some time away because the company, Bio Fuel Systems, has not yet tried refining the dark green coloured crude oil phytoplankton turn into, a spokesman said.
Bio Fuel Systems is a wholly Spanish firm, formed this year in eastern Spain after three years of research by scientists and engineers connected with the University of Alicante.
"Bio Fuel Systems has developed a process that converts energy, based on three elements: solar energy, photosynthesis and an electromagnetic field," it said in a press dossier.
"That process allows us to obtain biopetroleum, equivalent to that of fossil origin."
Phytoplankton, like other plants, absorb carbon dioxide as they grow. Scientists have examined the possibility of stimulating growth of the single cell plants as a means of reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
CO2, liberated by burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas, is widely held responsible for global warming.
Bio Fuel Systems said its new fuel would reduce CO2, was free of other contaminants like sulphur dioxide and would be cheaper than fossil oil is now.
"Our system of bioconversion is about 400 times more productive than any other plant-based system producing oil or ethanol," it said, referring to currently available biofuels made from plants like maize or oilseeds.
Bio Fuel Systems is working with scientists at the University of Alicante on the project. It has drawn up industrial plans to make the fuel and says it will be able to start continuous production in 14 to 18 months.


I COULD MAKE TABLE SALT FROM MY URINE..........BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT WOULD BE PRACTICAL. :O
 
THWIP* said:
I COULD MAKE TABLE SALT FROM MY URINE..........BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT WOULD BE PRACTICAL. :O


Can you make pepper from your....?:eek:
 
War Lord said:
For food, perhaps.

However, I think that you're unaware of just how bad a deal ethanol really is.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/08/010808135444.htm

Some of what is there is true NOW but with investment and research it might not be. The idea is there and it's possible to do so it just needs a better method.

This way at least we wont have to invade any countries or go to war with them or let hem gouge us and be dependent on them.
 
Zaed said:
Some of what is there is true NOW but with investment and research it might not be. The idea is there and it's possible to do so it just needs a better method.

This way at least we wont have to invade any countries or go to war with them or let hem gouge us and be dependent on them.

You can only grow so much corn, because you have only so much land. Unless you can find a way to get more land, you're still limited to the amount of corn you need.

You'll notice that farmers are using fossil fuels to operate their machinery to grow their corn instead of ethanol and there's a reason, because fossil fuels are still cheaper. If ethanol was really a great deal, you'd think the farmers would be using it themselves instead of selling it to sill city slickers (suckers?).
 
War Lord said:
You can only grow so much corn, because you have only so much land. Unless you can find a way to get more land, you're still limited to the amount of corn you need.

You'll notice that farmers are using fossil fuels to operate their machinery to grow their corn instead of ethanol and there's a reason, because fossil fuels are still cheaper. If ethanol was really a great deal, you'd think the farmers would be using it themselves instead of selling it to sill city slickers (suckers?).


MOST FARM EQUIPMENT, AND FARM TRUCKS, RUN ON DIESEL........SO THAT ARGUMENT DOESN'T REALLY WORK. THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO DIESEL, IS COOKING OIL........WHICH IS ONLY EASY TO COME BY, IF YOU RUN A RESTAURANT. :o
 
THWIP* said:
MOST FARM EQUIPMENT, AND FARM TRUCKS, RUN ON DIESEL........SO THAT ARGUMENT DOESN'T REALLY WORK. THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO DIESEL, IS COOKING OIL........WHICH IS ONLY EASY TO COME BY, IF YOU RUN A RESTAURANT. :o

There are people out there who collect used cooking oil and the restaurants are happy to give it to them, because it saves the restaurant the expense of paying to have it taken away.

However, I doubt that Macdonald's can solve the energy problem anytime soon.

If I had to guess, hydrogen is probably the long term winner, because you have an almost inexhaustible supply of water and there are a myriad ways of generating hydrogen from water, including wind, sun, and bacteria.
 
War Lord said:
There are people out there who collect used cooking oil and the restaurants are happy to give it to them, because it saves the restaurant the expense of paying to have it taken away.

However, I doubt that Macdonald's can solve the energy problem anytime soon.

If I had to guess, hydrogen is probably the long term winner, because you have an almost inexhaustible supply of water and there are a myriad ways of generating hydrogen from water, including wind, sun, and bacteria.



REGULAR PEOPLE, YES...........BUT NOT FARMERS. THE DEMAND FROM FARMERS WOULD BE TOO GREAT, COMPARED TO WHAT THE AVERAGE CONSUMER WOULD NEED/USE. THERE ARE ONLY A HANDFUL OF AUTO MAKERS, WHO EVEN HAVE A DIESEL MODEL AVAILABLE, ASIDE FROM TRUCKS.

BUT YES, HYDROGEN IS THE BEST OPTION, AT THIS POINT. BUT, AS LONG AS GM/FORD/D-C, AND OIL COMPANIES, HAVE A STRANGLEHOLD ON THIS COUNTRY, THAT'S NOT GONNA BECOME A REALITY.
 

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