Sustainable biofuels in Germany

Idiot / Savant

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nullRobert Rapier details his visit to the Choren biomass-to-liquids plant in Germany. This basically takes waste wood, gasifies it (burns it under controlled circumstances to produce syngas (the carbon monoxide / hydrogen mix that used to be made in gas plants around the world), then uses the Fischer-Tropsch process beloved of coal-to-liquids enthusiasts to turn it into diesel. Result: diesel from trees, with carbon-neutral electricity as a byproduct. It's still small-scale, and relatively expensive, but OTOH it's a bit more flexible than standard fermentation, and it certainly beats using food.null

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  • Nick says
    Awesome. Definitely something to capitalise on. Diesel from trees?! Wow!
  • Evan says
    I wonder how environmentally friendly this process is.

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