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By Robert Rapier on Apr 16, 2008 with no responses

Fuel from Air?

One thing we seem to have in limitless supply is gullibility. You may have seen the story sweeping through the energy circles of the Web: Federal Lab Says It Can Harvest Fuel From Air We love the painless technological solution. “This solves Global Warming AND produces carbon neutral fuel!” I talk to people all the time who say, in reference to our energy and environmental problems, “They will figure something out.” So along comes a story like this, and the layman reads the headlines and breathes a sigh of relief. We can make fuel from thin air. This must be even better than cars that run on water or cold fusion. So what’s the deal? Here is an explanation from… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Mar 31, 2008 with no responses

LCA on Renewable Diesel

Thanks to a reader for this tip. Argonne National Laboratory has just published a Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA) of biogasoline, biodiesel, green diesel, and petroleum diesel: Life-Cycle Assessment of Energy and Greenhouse Gas Effects of Soybean-Derived Biodiesel and Renewable Fuels I have just skimmed the report so far, but noted a few items of interest. Table 2-1 shows “Current and Planned Renewable Diesel Facilities.” If I had time, I would convert to a table, but I don’t: Company Size (bpd) Location Online Date ConocoPhillips 1,000 Ireland 2006ConocoPhillips 12,000 United States To be determinedBritish Petroleum (BP) 1,900 Australia 2007Neste 3,400 Finland 2007Neste 3,400 Finland 2009Petrobras 4 × 4,000 Brazil 2007UOP/Eni 6,500 Italy 2009 In Table 3.3, they list the energy inputs into… Continue»