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Interest Rises in Ethanol-Heavy E85

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klaus_weg
Jun. 28th, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
I'm very interested in ethanol as a fuel, but people don't realize it's not free. There's a huge energy investment in cultivating the base product (corn), and I think if you compute how many acres of corn it takes to provide fuel for the energy demand we have today there isn't enough space to grow it all. So, it's a nice way to ease the demand, but it isn't the final end solution to the energy problem.

But it would be nice to save 40 cents / gal. :)
mandydax
Jun. 28th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
The main thing about ethanol is that it is renewable and it can't add to the carbon cycle, because amost all the carbon put into the corn comes from the atmosphere. The way humans screwed up the carbon cycle is by taking a resource that was a big carbon-sink, outside of the cycle, and pulling it out of the ground and burning it, thus putting it into the cycle.
jaka_talbot
Jun. 30th, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)
I'm really interested in this technology. Enough to go look up my closest E85 gas station (Denver), and what cars run on this. Personally, I could go for the Mercedes. :) The nice thing is, the cars run on both regular gas and E85, so if you don't have an E85 station nearby you can still fill your car. (As opposed to fuel cells, etc.)

If our second car lasts long enough and an E85 station moves into town, we might consider replacing our second car with one that takes this fuel.

I think Ethanol is a great possibility. Obviously we can't convert all cars to Ethanol cars in the next 3 years, there's not enough corn or the ability to produce that much corn right now. But it's a start. Also, I have complete faith in our entrepreneurs. (Hey people, you can make money here!) I have heard rumor that there are actual cars that run on garbage. (Beyond the Back to the Future movie, that is.) If that could really work, without taking more energy to refine it that the amount of energy it gives off.... Garbage juice. It could be the wave of the future.
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