They said on the news today that he's having his colon examined
tomorrow. Personally, I think that's a big waste of time and money.
After all, he's had his own head up his arse for years now, so why
bother paying someone else to look?
roftl. That said, we are not that clever either. Reading in the paper today
there will need to be 38,000 ha of maize planted, we are told, to feed a
bio-fuel plant planned in the Waikato. That equates to 415,ooo tonnes of
maize to make 150 million litres of ethanol. Oh well, we don't want
breakfast cereal any more anyway. We'll just drink ethanol.
The dumb way, maize growers will like the rising prices, the chicken farmers
Te Kowhai maize grower John Hodge welcomed the prospect of an ethanol plant
in the region. He said New Zealand lagged behind other countries on biofuel
production and wanted to see the Government subsidise set-up costs as in the
US. Mr Hodge received just under $300 per tonne for his last crop, which is
used as chicken feed. He said that growers were expecting rises for the
coming season, and were also hopeful more demand from a local plant might
help increase prices in future.
The smart way, shit of a good idea
Air New Zealand and airliner manufacturer Boeing are secretly working with
Blenheim-based biofuel developer Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation to create the
world's first environmentally friendly aviation fuel, made of wild algae. If
the project pans out the small and relatively new New Zealand company could
lead the world in environmentally sustainable aviation fuel. It's understood
Air NZ is undertaking risk analysis. If everything stacks up it will make an
aircraft available on the Tasman to test the biofuel. The fuel is
essentially derived from bacterial pond scum created through the
photosynthesis of sunlight and carbon dioxide on nutrient-rich water sources
such as sewage ponds.
And equally good, another shit of a good idea
It's not rocket science, says Niwa's Rupert Craggs. Recently he and a few
others demonstrated how easy it is to produce electricity from the biogas
that comes off farm effluent ponds, using a converted generator. "We plugged
in two fan heaters, three spotlights and a three-phase motor - and they ran
for over two hours. At full throttle it generates 13kW, we were running it
at nine or ten." Such technology is not novel, he says. "Most large domestic
wastewater treatment plants capture biogas. There are also farm-based
technologies but these have not been cost-effective. What we're trying to
show is that farmers can do it themselves
This is one of the most promising methods I've read about:
They have a prototype refinery near Carthage, MO that makes oil out of
turkey guts and feathers from a nearby processing plant. They can also
refine sewage, old tires, contaminated food, garbage; basically anything
with lots of carbon in it.
Unfortunately I haven't heard much from them in about a year. I think
their process doesn't fit the federal definition of "biofuel" so they
miss out on the subsidies going to corn-based ethanol, etc.
processing animal carcass waste into fuel is not a new idea but it is a
smart one. We get tallow from meat works that can be further refined into
bio-diesel. Problem is getting a big enough feed source. These folk
obviously have access to a reasonably big poultry slaughter supply. One bit
amused me, talking about avian flu.
"In response, countries have begun planning in anticipation of an outbreak.
CWT could be instrumental in helping to reform these infected animals into
valuable oil that is both renewable and safe."
The tyre bit is interesting. We had a joker a while back who said he could
get oil from plastic waste & tyres. Maybe the costs are too might to make it
profitable at present.
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