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Spanish firm claims it can make oil from plankton

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Conscript, 21 Jul 2006.

  1. Conscript

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    Interesting stuff. Could an answer to the worlds looming energy crisis lie within some of the smallest plant structures on Earth? Then again, could be just another pipe dream until they have some viable demonstrations and vehicle tests.
     
  2. VaderDSL

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    Necessity is the mother of invention :) As with any other invention through the ages, if something is necessary to continue or solve a proble, invention (and the capability of the human race) will solve problems :)
     
  3. ElRazur

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    Interesting, I wonder how this will go with the Multi-national oil company.
     
  4. Reppyboyo

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    Bet you any money this will never see the light of day.

    Too much money in normal oil for anyone to let go.
     
  5. spike's

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    tbh i'm not holding my breath till i see it being used in an actual engine. but if it does work, then well done.
     
  6. VaderDSL

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    But hopefully, it won't just be used for creation of petrol/diesel. It might be viable in replacing say fuel in power stations etc. if they are able to create enough.
     
  7. Stretch

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    It's a brilliant idea. If this method can produce fuel at a competitive rate then Multi National oil companies will no doubt get in on the act. I can't believe no one has thought of this before.
     
  8. Abraham

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    i'd say it's at risk of going the way of the reusable match
     
  9. William

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    It won't be clean.
     
  10. Abraham

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    ?
    it doesnt claim to be
    it claims to be cleaner, and have less impurities
     
  11. William

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    Sulphur impurities are controllable using FGDs and converters. Less C02 probably means that you get less energy out of it per volume compared to petroleum hydrocarbons.
     
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  12. Rosbif

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    ive heard this all before... all the talk about 20,000 gallons of biodiesel per acre of algae production ... OK .. ill believe it when i actually see a finished and usable product ...
     
  13. Kazatan

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    i wanna buy shares in that spanish company :|
     
  14. Christo

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    Looming energy crisis!? 50 years+ Looming yes.
     
  15. SexyGreyFox

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    It has - whales having been using it as a fuel source for millions of years.
     
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  16. dannyjo22

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    Its just an excuse for the spanish to use plankton nets to net the whole worlds fish reserves instead of just the british ;)

    Sure they are plankton nets.
     
  17. iraiguana

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    Sounds similar to when scientists discovered plankton and small bacteria that could produce hydrogen gas as a by product of its photsynthesis. This will be killed off as being ineffective by some big companies sad but true.
     
  18. Jumpingmedic

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    Heh there goes the middle east's only bargaining chip.

    Then again I've heard the "inexhaustible source of clean fuel" spiel before :rolleyes:

    Time will tell.
     
  19. Cyber-Mav

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    doubt this stuff would actually have any effect on my during my lifetime so i will carry od driving my "gas guzzler" with the catalyst removed on the sly ;)
     
  20. aardvark

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    yes, oil from algae is a pretty old concept - so we will have to see if this is any better than any of the previous attempts to do this.

    it is interesting but i can't see it being able to compete with more traditional oil sources, including heavy oil, of which there is a huge amount lying around (mostly in canada and venesula - the future oil powers :p )