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Old 05-25-2004, 11:42 PM
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Post Widescale Biodiesel Production from Algae

This should certainly be of interest to us!

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Old 05-26-2004, 12:44 AM
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Nice thread. Cut in half of the total algae oil used for the production of biodiesel and leave the other half as SVO for blending or dual tanking and you cut your expenses even more.

That's a real kick in the sea grass :p
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Old 05-26-2004, 11:47 AM
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great link... I'd also recommend some of the other links found under 'research'. Great comparison of current vehicle technologies (including hybrid) as well as a comparison of biodiesel to hydrogen feasibility.
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Old 05-26-2004, 12:27 PM
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Originally posted by dieseldiehard
........Sound like a Doom's Day prediction? don't shrug it off as impossible, all it would take are a few dozen terrorists......
And the world already has enough to do this as it is (hell, there are likely MANY more than a few dozen in cells right here in the US.)
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Old 05-26-2004, 12:54 PM
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That's an excellent article. I think the government should put some funding into this. The Bush administration already gave 1 billion to hydrogen research which may never be practical, but they seem to be anti-diesel and not interested in diesel-related technologies.
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Old 05-26-2004, 02:09 PM
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I have to wonder if all the anti-diesel legislation and slander coming from the white house, and all the anti-diesel scientific studies funded by the government is not a plot to take attention away from green house gasses (global warming) and the possibility of converting a large percentage of our nations fleet to bio fuels.

It is by far more plausible than hydrogen fuel cell technology, yet the government smashes it down.

Oil companies have a vested interest in hydrogen fuel cell technology, because it is easy to create the cells with petroleum (although water and wind can also be used.)

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Old 05-26-2004, 03:06 PM
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How sad that we aren't already going down this path. With just a fraction of the money we're already spending on fuel cells or imported oil, we could be developing a sustainable fuel source that would cost the taxpayer and the environment a lot less. I don't think it's feasible to convert 11,000 square miles of desert for algae/biodiesel production. Dispersing the production around the country makes a lot more sense.

I agree there's no way this will generate any interest under the present administration, but maybe somebody else in the future will wake up and do something sensible. The official rejection of modern diesel technology in this country is just moronic, and subsidizing fuel cell cars when they will clearly remain so inefficient is sickening.

Oh well, at least there's a strong grassroots adoption of biodiesel that's encouraging. I hope it continues to catch on.
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Old 05-26-2004, 06:29 PM
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Instead, our leaders give us this:,2933,121009,00.html

WASHINGTON__The Bush administration is considering removing environmental requirements for a multitude of gasoline blends as one way to increase supplies of gasoline and fight soaring prices,_Commerce Secretary Donald Evans (search)_said in an interview with The Associated Press.
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Old 05-26-2004, 06:33 PM
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yeah so short sighted... I hate to see that.

Well, wvo for me...I don't mind paying .80/gallon after mixing the SVO with diesel.

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