Greenbox recycles exhaust into fuel … sort of

by James


One good thing that has come out of this global warming craze is the wealth of ideas on how to recycle and create alternative forms of fuel. Recently, there was a story about how scientists are now able to microwave plastic grocery bags to recycle them back into oil. Well, now a gaggle Welch scientists have taken recycling one step further by developing a process which takes a car’s exhaust and recycles it for an alternative fuel sources. Sort of.

Actually, the process uses the exhaust, along with a modified algae to create a kind of bio fuel. Called the GREENBOX, the process can not only work for automobiles, but also buses, buildings, and even power plants. So far, however, they haven’t been able to test the product in aviation. But the results do look promising.

Testing a Greenbox the size of a barstool for over two years has created a capture rate between 85 and 95 percent. And the scientists are pretty confident that they can make the box about the size of a standard car exhaust which can hold the gases in a safe, inert state until conversion. After a full tank of gas, the Greenbox would need to be replaced and then taken to a bioreactor to be emptied.

The scientists actually came across the process accidentally as they were experimenting with carbon dioxide to help boost algae growth for fish farming. In addition to water vapor, the process also has methane gas and fertilizer as a waste product. Both of which can also be captured and used for other processes.

One thing is certain, this may be the happy medium between maintaining the current state of oil use and cleaning our environment until technology gives birth to a better way to get around.

Source: Reuters

4 reviews or comments

Neagle Says: July 25, 2007 at 5:12 pm

Industrialized Hemp built America. Now if we stop subsidizing tobacco farmers and let them grow industrial hemp instead perhaps the price of corn will stabilize and we all won’t get the shaft on increased food prices? Why go off on a tangent? I don’t think any kind of replaceable hardware, tank or whatever will fly with the consumer base.

Bruce A. Frank Says: November 28, 2007 at 12:47 am

Global Warming craze! Wow, they got it right! That is exactly what it is. Look at the real data, not someone’s computer model, and you’ll see continuous fluctuation, but trending upward, since the last ice age. And latest FACTS show NO change in the last 8 years. People, it is a hoax to control society, raise your taxes, and require you to buy carbon credits from Al Gore’s company!(Didn’t know he had one, did you? Hey, he’s got to appear to offset his own carbon footprint due to his 28,000 sq/ft home and all that jetting around, and it’ll also make him a lot of money…for once Al actually invented something…The Global Warming Scam…the ultimate money maker)

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