Re: Thermal-Depolymerization. An Alternative Energy …
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Some thoughts to kick around ………..
I’m not an engineer either, but the generally the idea of turning organic "waste" from farm products into fuel is not likely a viable concept on a large scale. The concept uses large quantities of energy to work at all, so the end result is questionable. Bio diesel from corn is insanity. To give an idea of the magnitude of our imported oil needs, we would need about (if I did the math right) 150 million tons a day of agricultural produced "waste’ to manufacture enough bio-fuel to replace our imported oil. So while the idea could work on a small scale, the ability to scale up to a meaningful volume seems remote — and even to create a medium sized business is questionable. Now, the idea of using the current waste materials going into landfills does make sense if we can figure out how to do it economically. We need to quit throwing everything away and get back to re-usable products as much as possible as well as converting our landfills back to usable energy and ther products.
Additionaly, the so called agricultural "waste" being used for fuel is needed for rebuilding of soil if we are to keep from starving to death. Given Peak Oil, the ongoing use of gas/oil to make nitrogen fertilizer cannot continue – it provides instantaneous nitrogen for green growth giving us the illusion of healthy growth while at the same time destroying the natural ability of the soil to grow anything in the longer term. Take the same Ag-waste and putting it back into the soil thereby allowing the natural process of soil building as well as saving massive quantities of fossile fuel otherwise used for fertilizer makes far more sense.
Our idea of concentrating the feeding and slaughtering of animals in areas far remote from the crop growing areas creates the problem of so called "waste" in the first place. Any small/medium sized organic farmer has no "waste" to dispose of because it is all put back into the magic circle of life.
One day soon we will all realize that our only way of sustaining our food source comes from using the magical properties of what we now call "waste" and allowing/helping our farms back to biological health.