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1. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 10y

Hey, I always love to read this kind of stuff. The idea of a credit card sized reactor pumping out biodiesel seems just too good to be true. Three cheers for science !!

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2. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Would be good if it works.

3. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y

SO instead of importing oil... they would have to import food.

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 10y

The difference is that food grows on trees

5. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

But high oil prices are a good thing.

6. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y

Food grows on trees? I don't get it, you'll have to elaborate.

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 10y

Quoting Brendan

Food grows on trees? I don't get it, you'll have to elaborate.

the saying goes 'xxx doesn't grow on trees' to indicate that it is a scarce resource. This could be applied to oil.

But food does actually grow on trees. ie, olives, apples, cocounuts, you name it.

Basically I'm trying to say that food is a lot more abundant than oil.

So, clear now ?

8. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

Love catalysts !! Basically improved life cycle efficiency, B. Brain fried....will talk more if you're really interested. Still would like to see the guy mass produce this. Lab <> Real World. Not over until the fat lady sings.....

9. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y

Ah... I see what you are saying now Peter. True that biodiesel is renewable, and far less by polution standards. My issue with biodiesel is using up farm land to quench the ever growing thirst for automobile fuel.

There is certainly lots of food in the world (for some of us), but how will it look in the future: cities expanding, roads widening, more cars, more people, less farm land, less food supply, less fuel supply.

I like the idea of 'green' fuel, it sounds great. I just don't think biodiesel is the solution.

Q, I am interested in what you have to say, always. I'm not sure what you're saying there...

10. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 10y

Quoting Brendan

My issue with biodiesel is using up farm land to quench the ever growing thirst for automobile fuel.

The way I see it biodiesel doesn't necessarily require farmland (in its destructive form). I mean, you can make biodiesel out of all kinds of stuff. A grove of coconut trees, olive trees, banana trees, you name it.

Basically, vegetable oil can be produced in virtually any environment, even from recycled food scraps. And I've never seen growing plants as a waste of space ;)

Another benefit to biodiesel is that it would immediately have an equalising effect in distribution of wealth. Those countries that are wealthy purely because of their supply of oil would all of a sudden have to start sharing the wealth with countries that have an abundance of space. It should do wonders for third world countries.

At least, that is my non-scientific understanding of the whole thing. Q might correct me

And that's not to say I don't love things like solar / wind energy either. But each can serve their own purpose. And diversity can only be a good thing.