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Ugly Watermelons Could Make Good Biofuel

New research has come out that indicates watermelon could make a good biofuel additive.  Now, I know you're immediately cringing because watermelon is order discount tramadol a food crop and that spells disaster, but the good news is that no one is proposing that we start taking over arrable land with watermelon patches.

It turns out that 20 percent of every annual watermelon crop is unused because, well, it's ugly.  Misshapen or bruised fruit doesn't sell, so farmers leave them in the field and take a loss.  Those extra watermelons could be processed for their juice, which could then be made into biofuel.

What makes these disfigured melons biofuel-worthy?  Watermelon juice contains seven to ten percent directly fermentable sugars or easy ethanol.  While the juice would have to be almost triple concentrated to be the sole feedstock in a biofuel, it would make a great additive to other biofuel blends that need to be supplemented or diluted.  Farmers could process the juice on-site and use it as an alternative fuel or sell it to biofuel-makers and make revenue on what would usually be wasted fruit.

Of course, a feedstock's potential to make ethanol isn't everything.  We'll have to see how watermelon-blended biofuels perform compared to other feedstocks and gasoline to know if harvesting their juice is worthwhile.

via Biotechnology For Biofuels


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written by Bob Wallace, August 28, 2009
Nothing wrong with harvesting energy from farm wastes. As long as nutrients aren't being removed from the wow it's great generic viagra usa soil along with the energy.

Any ethanol that we can 'cleanly' produce means less sequestered carbon pulled from underneath the ground. Liquid fuels for ground transportation are likely a short term need as we transition to electricity.

This question might be stupid, but...
written by S.E., August 28, 2009
This might not be the right place to ask this, and I'm probably being dumb, but I'm just wondering since Bob's comment above got me thinking about electric cars: Have there been any attempts by engineers to create a wind-powered car? I don't mean like something with sails or anything; i mean a vehicle that has a sort of buy 100 mg cialis windmill on it that could generate the power to run the car? You wouldn't even need for it to be windy outside because the speed of your movement forward creates a sort of wind that would turn a windmill. I can't seem to find anything about it on buy levitra cheap us the internet so maybe its not feasible, but does anyone know?
Wind powered cars
written by Brent, August 28, 2009
S.E.: My first thought was that that might be sort of like saying, "could we create a car powered by the info viagra spinning of its own wheels?"

You would be using additional energy from your motor to compensate for the drag created by the wind turbine's capturing of the airflow created by your cars' movement.

However, I suppose it might be worth thinking about the feasibility of putting a mini wind turbine where there is already a drag (such as on the grill - if there are any cars that still have grills).

Wind-powered car...
written by Doc Rings, August 30, 2009
The perpetual machine lives on... unfortunately, completely impossible. But try to convince this nut-job:

As long as there is money out there to we use it cialis from canadian pharmacy be conned from the scientifically-challeged, there will be these con jobs.

The video even has a catchy "jesus" soundtrack... but Jesus knows the laws of thermodynamics more than anybody.
We're obviously doing something wrong...
written by Matt Simmons, August 30, 2009
If these "ugly watermelons" are 10% fermentable juice, we should have been fermenting them already! I wonder what watermelon wine tastes like...
written by Bob Wallace, August 30, 2009
SE and Brent - Here's the problem, you would be using gas/battery power to drive the car forward in order to create the wind. And any "machine" is less than 100% efficient.

You're not going to get out all the low price cialis energy you put in due to friction between all the moving parts and due to the air the rest of the car has to push out of look there low price levitra the way.

Think of all the heat that a car's engine puts out. Put your hand on a tire after driving for a while. All that heat is lost energy - energy used but that did not contribute to moving the car.

And, before we get there, there isn't enough surface area on a car allow us to cover it with solar panels and discounted viagra power the car. In addition, flat is cialis levitra sales not a good angle. Panels need to face the sun as much as possible.

Better to where to but viagra safe mount the wind turbine where it gets good, unobstructed wind and the cialis best price have perscription panels where they can face the sun and then feed that power into the grid. Use grid power to charge the batteries. And hope like crazy for better batteries in the near future.

Better, more affordable batteries and we can kiss the gas pump goodbye.

Whatever electricity you get back is going to be only a fraction of the energy that you had to
This is food replacement
written by Golmekker, August 30, 2009
This is not a good development. What is to stop farmers from deliberately disfiguring their watermelons in order to direct them towards ethanol production? Strict policing of watermelon farms will be necessary.

written by Oakleigh Solargroupies, August 30, 2009
Repeat after me: Burning hydrocarbons (including ethanol and fossil fuels) produces greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide in water! Got it?
re: windpowered cars
written by Rick, August 30, 2009
There was a guy in Home Power magazine a few years ago who had a wind turbine in his pickup truck. He worked by the seashore in southern california. He would erect the windturbine during his work day in the parking lot. (The bed of the truck was full of batteries.) He'd fold the wind turbine down to go home, then attached the battery bank, with a cable from his truck, into his house, and run his appliances all night.
written by Bob Wallace, August 30, 2009
Golmekker - we don't have the buy viagra now sort of government control over agriculture here that you apparently experience. If the biofuel market is high enough growers will simply sell all their watermelons for fuel. No need to deface them.

There's a larger argument over whether farm land should be used for food or fuel. But whatever control might be established it's not going to be government guards watching the watermelon fields.


Oakleigh - there's a huge difference between burning fossil fuels and burning biofuels.

When we burn fossil fuels we are releasing sequestered carbon. When we burn biofuels we are recycling hydrocarbons that are already in the atmosphere.
watermellon refuse
written by sarah, August 30, 2009
My grandfather used to make watermelon rind wine I don't know how much of the watermelon itself he made. and mom makes pear and peach wine from tree just cause its ugly food doesn't mean that there aren't other industries or food based processes that can use it if dude above considers alcohol a food group...people just have to think of there waste in creative ways and viagra uk chemist shasam the cycle is a circle not a cliff we are careening toward. and why not fuel over wine? farmers still burn their crops if they make too much on occasion (subsidized by gov and costs too much to ship the grain to starving nations, that is if its good for anything but corn syrup or feeding lots anyhow. if this is cialis no rx the case, and sometimes it is, I'd prefer it would be made into biofuel) anyway, fuel and whine are almost the same thing except one you drink and one your car drinks...i'm obviously not a chemist here but alcohol and ethanol have a similar ring to where can you buy viagra cheap them both of them ending in burnable. you can make wine/spirits from anything that ferments/rots. that's just about everything that was once alive. they even make fish wine in china (probably had to add sugar but still). everything rots thus everything breaks down which i would assume means everything has the potential to be a fuel or energy source. everything is made out of energy after all...unless you are counting the how to buy cialis spaces in between the energy. so yea harvesting or harnessing crop left overs is a great idea weather it feed the hungry, or get you to work on time.
written by Lewis, August 31, 2009
I love watermelon and its good for health too. Hope this could make a good biofuel additive.
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natural fertilizer?
written by chia-yi, September 14, 2009
I would wonder how much fertilizer these farmers use and how much they spend on it. I would argue that the 20% that gets left in the field would help farmers by decomposing and acting as natural fertilizer, thereby cutting some of the costs of buying industrial fertilizer.

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