September 15, 2005

i've looked at two websites regarding this technique, and they've both got pictures of what look like real chemical plants. the one below is trying to sell the packaged plant and catalyst.

i would expect that if this were conceptual, they would be trying to attract investor attention, not shipping stainless tanks, pumps, and piping.

so, i think this might be real:

Biodiesel from pretty much anything for less than 50¢ per liter (about $1.89/gal).

seeing as the lowest diesel price around here appears to be about $2.69/gal, and has been over $2/gal for a long time, this might start to look attractive.

i'm hoping it's not some hoax, that there aren't huge hidden costs or something. i want more technical info, but then i'd just be able to build one, i suppose.


jess said...

You know, I was skeptical because of the web design, until -- ironically -- I got to the part about "quarantine disposal" of animals.

Enterprise had copies of, of all things, the Washington Times lying around, so I picked one up to see if there was anything I could use to teach my students about spinning news to appeal to your audience. What caught my eye, though, was the headline "Toads but no cats make this a real gas". I only gave it a cursory read, but apparently some German scientist got quoted as saying he makes gas out of cats, when in fact he only said he COULD make gas out of cats.

If someone who does this is being interviewed, misrepresented, and (sorta) apologized to, then maybe it's not being taken seriously, and maybe it doesn't work, but it's probably not a hoax.

15 September, 2005 16:20  
jess said...

After looking at the inventor's site I think the cause of the "misquote" (read: fabrication) was one of two things:

1) They got confused about "alphakat" or
2) They don't know what a "catalyst" is.

Or, you know, they're the German equivalent of the Weekly World News, and they just lie for fun.

15 September, 2005 17:00  

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