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Our oil worries are solved!!!

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by John, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Spanish firm claims it can make oil from plankton

    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.
  2. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    Neat idea, but until I see a Plankton Pete station next to Exxon, I'll just wait and see.
  3. Whales eat plankton.
    Whales give us oil.
    Science are fun!
  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

  5. tyler durden 71351

    tyler durden 71351 Active Member

    I'll believe it when I see it...for all you know, it may take the Pacific Ocean's supply of plankton to make enough fuel to drive 50 miles.
    Don't know if I'm D_Bing this, but there's an interesting article in this month's Harper's about the "peak oil" crowd. While they come across as a bunch of left wing nutjobs, the author does raise some scary points...like it would take a hell of a lot of nuclear power plants to make up the energy we get from fossil fuels. And there's no way biofuels could replace that either.
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