Can we develop a biological engine?

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Offline colarris

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Can we develop a biological engine?
« on: 29/09/2009 18:48:00 »
Is anyone working on the idea of producing a combustion type engine using biological processes? Could enzymes not be used to produce some kind of combustual gas??
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Re: Can we develop a biological engine?
« Reply #1 on: 29/09/2009 19:24:20 »
Sh1t power ? ...

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One type of biogas is produced by anaerobic digestion or fermentation of biodegradable materials such as biomass, manure or sewage
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biogas

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Re: Can we develop a biological engine?
« Reply #2 on: 30/09/2009 17:47:37 »
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Re: Can we develop a biological engine?
« Reply #3 on: 30/09/2009 20:21:13 »
Is anyone working on the idea of producing a combustion type engine using biological processes? Could enzymes not be used to produce some kind of combustual gas??

Been done: DARPA are already testing bio-fueled recon robots/drones that can gather their own raw bio-mass (primarily vegetation, but I believe that small insects will contribute too) and then 'digest' it to produce energy.

This, being a two-stage process is still a bit inefficient though, as there will be losses between the two stages.  Eventually, we'll be able to vat-grow muscles that can be used in place of steam/internal combustion type pistons.
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Re: Can we develop a biological engine?
« Reply #4 on: 30/09/2009 23:29:14 »
Thanks for the replies, interesting stuff