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Researchers use corn waste to generate electricity
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
 
University Park, Pa. -- After the corn harvest, whether for cattle feed or corn on the cob, farmers usually leave the stalks and stems in the field, but now, a team of Penn State researchers thinks corn stover can be used not only to manufacture ethanol, but to generate electricity directly.

"People are looking at using cellulose to make ethanol," said Bruce E. Logan, the Kappe professor of environmental engineering. "You can make ethanol from exploded corn stover, but once you have the sugars, you can make electricity directly."


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Re: Researchers use corn waste to generate electricity
« Reply #1 on: 20/07/2006 16:12:38 »
interesting....

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Re: Researchers use corn waste to generate electricity
« Reply #2 on: 20/07/2006 17:20:30 »
I thought so too

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Re: Researchers use corn waste to generate electricity
« Reply #3 on: 20/07/2006 18:20:49 »
Yes, I can't wait to see what is next...I heard that there was a way to manufacture fuel from vegetable oil and still nothing has hit the market yet...electricity, fuel...we need to bring the costs down soon...

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Re: Researchers use corn waste to generate electricity
« Reply #4 on: 27/07/2006 15:59:44 »
quote:
Originally posted by moonfire

Yes, I can't wait to see what is next...I heard that there was a way to manufacture fuel from vegetable oil and still nothing has hit the market yet...electricity, fuel...we need to bring the costs down soon...

"Lo" Loretta



" Many vegetable oils have similar fuel properties to Diesel fuel, except for higher viscosity and lower oxidative stability. If these differences can be overcome, vegetable oil may substitute for #2 Diesel fuel, most signicantly as engine fuel or home heating oil.

For engines designed to burn #2 diesel fuel, the viscosity of vegetable oil must be lowered to prevent poor atomization of fuel, incomplete combustion, carbon buildup and ultimately damage to the engine. Many enthusiasts refer to vegetable oil used as fuel as Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) if it is oil that was discarded from a restaurant or Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO) to distinguish it from Biodiesel. "
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straight_vegetable_oil

" Biodiesel refers to a diesel-equivalent, processed fuel derived from biological sources. Though derived from biological sources, it's a processed fuel that can be readily used in diesel-engined vehicles, which distinguishes biodiesel from the straight vegetable oils (SVO) or waste vegetable oils (WVO) used as fuels in some modified diesel vehicles."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodiesel

The exhaust from vechicles using WVO from restaurants can smell of the food which was cooked in it  [:p]

WVO conversions are available in the USA Moonfire:-
http://www.veggiefuelsystems.com/
« Last Edit: 27/07/2006 16:39:39 by ROBERT »
 

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Re: Researchers use corn waste to generate electricity
« Reply #5 on: 27/07/2006 15:59:44 »
quote:
Originally posted by moonfire

Yes, I can't wait to see what is next...I heard that there was a way to manufacture fuel from vegetable oil and still nothing has hit the market yet...electricity, fuel...we need to bring the costs down soon...

"Lo" Loretta



" Many vegetable oils have similar fuel properties to Diesel fuel, except for higher viscosity and lower oxidative stability. If these differences can be overcome, vegetable oil may substitute for #2 Diesel fuel, most signicantly as engine fuel or home heating oil.

For engines designed to burn #2 diesel fuel, the viscosity of vegetable oil must be lowered to prevent poor atomization of fuel, incomplete combustion, carbon buildup and ultimately damage to the engine. Many enthusiasts refer to vegetable oil used as fuel as Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) if it is oil that was discarded from a restaurant or Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO) to distinguish it from Biodiesel. "
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straight_vegetable_oil

" Biodiesel refers to a diesel-equivalent, processed fuel derived from biological sources. Though derived from biological sources, it's a processed fuel that can be readily used in diesel-engined vehicles, which distinguishes biodiesel from the straight vegetable oils (SVO) or waste vegetable oils (WVO) used as fuels in some modified diesel vehicles."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodiesel

The exhaust from vechicles using WVO from restaurants can smell of the food which was cooked in it  [:p]

WVO conversions are available in the USA Moonfire:-
http://www.veggiefuelsystems.com/
« Last Edit: 27/07/2006 16:39:39 by ROBERT »
 

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