Sunday, March 29, 2009

Success In Creating Synthetic Gasoline Claimed By CWT

A pilot plant in Pennyslvania claims to be now successfully converting various wastes and trash into gasoline and diesel equivalents. Changing World Technologies[] says that its pilot plant near Philadelphia is now creating fuel that can power any ordinary diesel or gasoline engine.

Brian Appel's company CWT uses a process called thermal depolymerization to turn almost any kind of organic waste, tires, etc. into gasoline and diesel fuel. Reducing imports of foreign oil from nations hostile to U.S. interests could strengthen America's national security and reduce the drain on the American economy from sending U.S. funds overseas.

Such technology dates back to World War II, when the German war machine was short on oil. German scientists began to experiment with techniques for creating synethetic gasoline (syngas) and oil. This German research included coal gassification. However, practical success has always eluded researchers. Contrary to populist calls for research into alternative fuels and alternative energy sources, America's government and private industry have already invested many tens of billions of dollars into alternative energy.

Despite frequent announcements for decades about promising results and breakthroughs, practical applications have always remained out of reach. Estimates of commercial availability always remain at about the same timeframe in the future.

Yet CWT claims to have now succeeded in the private sector where government pronouncements have not. The CWT process[] uses a great deal of water, then pressure cooks the waste, and removes the water after the process is complete. Combustible vapors left over from the process provide fuel to power the entire plant.

CWT sees great potential for producing fuel in this way. America discards 10 billion tons each year. The nation's dump trucks require 323 million trips to carry all that trash.
As a result, CWT has just built a $20 million plant in Carthage, Missouri to convert 200 tons of waste from a turkey processing plant each day into fuel oil.

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