New fuel found on trees?

#2
First of all, welcome to ARRSE!

As for the fuel, doesn't look very renewable, green yes, however could this really be used on a mass scale?
 
#3
Bordtea said:
First of all, welcome to ARRSE!

As for the fuel, doesn't look very renewable, green yes, however could this really be used on a mass scale?
Thanks.

Maybe! not sure, but the scientists seemed to be very excited.
 
#4
I think there's some tree tree that grows in the tropics, Northern Australia? that produces a "fuel" very similar to Paraffin
 
#5
Hmm sounds like nothing new then.

I would have put energy instead, but fuel makes a more intereting title. :)
 

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#6
Personally, I don't think it'll ever be commercially viable - certainly not on the scale needed, and you'd have to cover one hell of a lot of healthy trees with this fungus otherwise.

Like all growing fuel sources, on the scale required, even if it was done in factories, you'd still have a mahoosive surface area of the stuff growing to produce sufficient quantities.

Oh - welcome to ARRSE.
 
#7
Good first post Jammin, and it's actually quite exciting.

Because if this fungus can break down cellulose , have we also found a way to turn garbage into fuel?
 
#8
Further to PTPs post, surely the boffins will identify the chemical which converts stuff to hydrocarbons and then try to duplicate it, using it to break down our rubbish.
 
#9
PartTimePongo said:
Good first post Jammin, and it's actually quite exciting.

Because if this fungus can break down cellulose , have we also found a way to turn garbage into fuel?
Thats what I understand from the aricle.
Even of all it achieves is turning waste into a useful product (as opposed to being a large volume fuel in its own right) then its bloody useful.
 
#10
Jammin_8_5 said:
Maybe! not sure, but the scientists seemed to be very excited.
Any scientist looking at a potentially huge research grant is generally excited!

Not that I'm a cynic... no, really. ;-)
 
#11
happybonzo said:
I think there's some tree tree that grows in the tropics, Northern Australia? that produces a "fuel" very similar to Paraffin
Jatropha or Physic Nut. can be used as a basic fuel oil on pressing, or esterified to bio diesel. Indian railways grow it on their track verges and run a high percentage of diesel engines on it. Labour intensive initially, uses scrub land, limited in regions it can grow (lower altitude), not edible/harmful to livestock.
Some speculators on the AIM have made some money on it, but it's a better 3rd world CSR initiative to a local community than a general fuel for the future
 
#12
If all it does is produce a hydrocarbon-based fuel from a different source, how 'green' is it in reality? The waste disposal angle looks good, very good. I imagine we'd have a hard time unearthing all those landfills for retrospective treatment, though.
 

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