Old cars that run on gas aren’t going away soon, and it’ll take a fair sized paradigm shift to get most people to convert their gas-powered cars into something that runs on anything else, or even convert them to hybrids. So technology that can make gasoline from a renewable resource is pretty dang handy for the time between now and when the last gas-powered car goes into a museum or Jay Leno’s garage.
We’ve seen the potential of gasoline from algae, but there is also a push to turn trash into gas – a concept that has many appeal factors. Byogy, out of Bakersfield, CA, is claiming its process converts trash, manure (both animal and human), landscaping wastes, and other food wastes into high-grade, 95 octane gasoline at a production cost of only $1.20-$2.00 per gallon.
The process and company have yet to prove themselves, and a facility won’t be online until two years from now. But Byogy hopes that by 2022, it can fill 2% of the nation’s gas tanks. If the technology is successful, I suspect that a larger percentage than that will be obtained by several companies picking through waste sites – a very happy image.
In theory, this “biofuel” is as ECO of Byogy Daniel L Rudnick says, “the Holy Grail of all biofuels” – but I hesitate to call it that just yet, considering we haven’t really seen results.
While gasoline simply isn’t a perfect option for our energy needs, this new tech is definitely an exciting prospect and, in keeping with reality, we need a sustainable alternative to gasoline that the masses can use while our nation, and the world, shifts mindsets to realize that gas-powered vehicles are so last season.
written by Steve N. Lee, August 27, 2008
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