Date registered: Jul 2003
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RE: Could this Invention Save us from our Dependence on Oil?
firstmb, your headline is a bit overly dramatic. All this "invention" is is a solid catalyst that will transesterify vegetable oil in the presence of an alcohol. You still need feedstock inputs, and all the farmland in the US is not even close enough to satisfy just our transportation needs let alone all the other crap we use oil for.
The best hope for renewables to meet future energy needs is first of all, diversification. Wind, solar, hydro, geo-thermal all have parts to play. Biomass can help with oil and alcohol stocks. For biodiesel specifically, algae grown in CO2 and effluent streams could produce the most vegetable oil without compromising the land we grow our food on.