Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Vegetable Oil - Fuel of the Future?

A punk band, Off!, was arrested for stealing vegetable oil from a restaurant dumpster in Arizona.
The band's tour van runs on the stuff, and the incident proves that no matter how many bands one has been in, or how old you are, D.I.Y. ethics die hard. The band, which is fronted by iconic Black Flag/Circle Jerks frontman Keith Morris, faces trial on April 6, which is luckily after their tour with Trash Talk concludes.
Meanwhile, a new University of Connecticut professor's patent simplifies the biodiesel production production process.

Parnas’ patented biodiesel reactor is unique in both its simplicity and efficiency. In conventional biodiesel production, vegetable oil is converted into biodiesel fuel and glycerol, a byproduct of the conversion process. Then, the glycerol must be mechanically separated from the diesel fuel, as part of a two-step process. Parnas’ reactor is different in that it uses gravity, heat, and natural chemical reactions to make the biodiesel and separate the glycerol in one step.
Perhaps when vegetable oil-based biofuels become more widespread, no one will need to resort to dumpster diving to fill their gas tanks...but then again, that wouldn't be any fun.

1 comment:

Jess Toons said...

Thanks for sharing this article, its been a really interesting read. I've personally never dealt much with fuel transfer tanks before. My dad was talking to me the other day about getting some, I figure we might as well give it a try.

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