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August 07, 2006



More importantly, can we call this plant an STFU (Shit To Fuel Utilisation) system?

Alan Lee

This is a great blog and full of infomation.

Do you have anything or any links on paper making?

I ask as there is a debate on the energy used to convert trees into paper Vs reclaiming waste paper, transporting and cleaning it to remake paper?




Another great post, I'm glad I found this blog. Texas, leading the charge again!

Charles S

Power generated from manure, or at least in small scale versions, has been around for a long time.

Plants like these should have been a REQUIREMENT way back when corporate farms started to dominate the industries. It disgust me to read news about lagoons of toxic manure polluting the environment; the air, the ground, and the water system. All it took was a little investment and the system would probably have paid for itself in no time.

If it was not for greed and cheap oil, projects like these would have save our farms and strengthen our economy.


Using biogas to boil mash to obtain ethanol? Just plain wastefull. A wind powered heat pump system and solar concentrator would do the job without combustion.

Save that biogas as a backup for wind and solar. And run it through a high temperature fuel cell/turbine system at 75% efficiency. Then use the CO 2 from the fuel cell to grow algae in a solar system to produce biodiesel and more biogas.

And forget ethanol production from fuel farming, it should only be produced from waste or algae. Most transportation should come from renewable elerctric power. Only in the case of uses that absolutely need liquid fuel, like aircraft, should it be employed.

This scarce capital ought to be used to better effect a cure to global climate change or regions like Texas will burn to the ground. No more grass, no more cattle, no more manure, just desert.

The oil and water underground are all but gone and humanity is busy destroying what's left. Not a good plan.

Jeff Olney

All new technologies require baby steps to get there. Some Iowa plants use coal to produce ethanol from corn. Now we're using manure to produce ethanol from corn. Soon, we'll use manure to produce ethanol from corn husks and other non-food biomass products.

We'll get there.

n.l. belardes

I've heard of ideas that could burn LA sludge instead of wanting to dump it onto Central California farmland... The country needs to make use of waste somehow... even if waste is burned for energy...

JP Elverding - the Netherlands

Sludge from LA (or any city I presume) could be converted into energy indeed.
At this moment I'm helping as a lead generator to some companies that have these and other technologies, like
- diesel from plastics
- syngas, methanol, heating gas from waste (and manure can also be seen as waste..)

I like the amazing Dr X's idea of using this kind of energy as a back up when solar and wind energy fail. In due time it will be that way, as we cannot produce sufficient waste and/or bio mass to replace fuels like we use them today.

But more important than PRO-d-UCING is LESS-USING. If all US SUVs and pick ups, that never get off road or have to overcome massive doses of snow, were to be replaced by more fuel efficient vehicles; or those that really need 4WD choose a lighter car with probaly better roadholding..
- if houses are designed and constructed to be better isolated against heat and cold you could reduce your fuelbills with major numbers. Or plant your own windgenerator?

Whatever, technologies exist and are emerging to help fuel our lifes. Iif we don't change our attitude, we'll fuel our own funeral pyres. As well of those of the rest of the world!

JP Elverding - the Netherlands

Small thing I forgot to mention afore: most of these processes are continuous processes; it's not really possible to reduce the input based on th erequired output; hoarding the gasses might be an opportunity that has to be looked into.
Another thing is that during this process heat and steam (not mention CO2 in some processes) is being used by other processes (like drying manure or using the steam for other processes; and CO2 could be used to speed up production of green house products and algae)
Synergy will pay off hugely!


If you have looked into solar energy as a method for heating your home, panels are usually the first things that come up.

There are, however, other unique methods.

The Solar Heating Aspect You Have Never Heard of Before

The power of the sun is immense. The energy in one day of sunlight is more than the world needs. The problem, of course,

is how does one harness this power. Solar panels represent the obvious solution, but they have their downside. First,

they can be expensive depending upon your energy needs. Second, they do not exactly blend in with the rest of your home.

Passive solar heating represents a panel free method of harnessing the inherent energy found in the sun for heating

purposes. If you come out from a store and open the door of your car in the summer, you understand the concept of passive

solar heating. A wide variety of material absorbs sunlight and radiates the energy back into the air in the form of heat.

Passive solar heating for a home works the same way as the process which overheats your car in the parking lot.


Magnetic generators... there's a thought. This technology for electricity production has been around since Tesla's time. What if the electric companies aka monopolies would actually allow small companies to produce their own electricity without the government to step in and cause a permit waiting period to be years-what would happen then? Many people think it is about the lack of ingenuity but really, it is about the lack of money the monopolies will receive that keeps progress from going 'green'.


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