September 14, 2005 12:03 PM   Subscribe

Your Mr. Fusion is ready. Sort of.
posted by loquacious (13 comments total)
Mr. Hydrocarbon recycler just dosn't have the same ring...
posted by delmoi at 12:08 PM on September 14, 2005

"reasonable price of approx 3.0 to 4.0 Million € / Unit with a
capacity of approx. 500 Ltr output per hour"

Do you think they have a layaway program?
posted by Baby_Balrog at 12:32 PM on September 14, 2005

But, will it be able to power one of these?
posted by devbrain at 12:38 PM on September 14, 2005

same deal as this?
posted by scarabic at 1:00 PM on September 14, 2005

Is this more Fischer-Tropsch work? Sort of like SunFuel or Sundiesel from Choren Industries in Germany? Looks like they cast a wider net for the source biomass by using a variety of junk. Pretty cool. Wait, yes... oh yes... Godwin in only 5! Sorry, couldn't resist.
posted by well_balanced at 1:10 PM on September 14, 2005

This plant converts bits leftover from Turkey processing into oil. Fuel gas and light oil. Whee.

Too bad it stinks.

And on a more serious note, Germany make a lot of biodiesel out of rapeseed oil. Godwin. furrfu.
posted by GuyZero at 1:46 PM on September 14, 2005

so can i use cats for it too?
posted by vilius at 2:57 PM on September 14, 2005

Great Scott! This is heavy.
posted by Servo5678 at 4:32 PM on September 14, 2005

Doesn't look like it can be Fischer-Tropsch since this process claims to be workable at atmospheric pressure whereas Fischer-Tropsch needs something like ~300-400 psi to happen. Oh, and it isn't fully automatic, though I'd doubt that this process really is.
posted by The Bishop of Turkey at 9:05 PM on September 14, 2005

Finally! The perfect way to rid the planet of those "Useless Eaters"!

Soylent Diesel is People!
posted by Enron Hubbard at 3:05 AM on September 15, 2005

I live a mile from the turkey-parts-to-petroleum plant that Guy Zero mentions. My God, does it stink some days. A smell somewhere between burned feathers, rotting flesh, and turkey shit. It wafts across our beautiful town and drives people indoors, then to their cars to take a drive somewhere to escape. Sometimes innovative solutions bring in even worse problems.
posted by LarryC at 6:19 AM on September 15, 2005

Sometimes innovative solutions bring in even worse problems.

Sometimes. But it doesn't surprise me that Con-Agra is one of the folks behind a solution that relies heavily on smelly waste the company would ordinarily pay to get rid of from one of their other plants. Nice touch, that.

But I sure would love to see some serious funding/tax credits/etc being poured into U.S. biodiesel research. Even a small percentage of the money that's gone into, say, nuclear power over the decades would make a huge difference in the kind of biofuel solutions we'd have available. It's a complete shame that the country that uses more oil per capita than any other lags behind in this area. Don't you think?
posted by mediareport at 6:47 AM on September 15, 2005

Absolutely, MR, I would love to see more use of bio-fuels, especially from waste products. When they announced the plant in my town--promising odor-free operation--we all thought it was the greatest thing ever. This kind of approach is worth exploring. It is just a shame the engineers were so cock-sure of themselves and their design that they put the damn thing inside the city limits. The stench is un-fucking-believable. We would move, except we like our town, and the newspaper tells us that the plant is losing money, so we figure it will shut down eventually. Technology without the hubris, that is what we need.
posted by LarryC at 8:15 AM on September 15, 2005

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