Vehicles of the future maybe fueled by recycled newspapers

Next time you fill up your recyc­ling bin with news pagers, fill your car up instead.

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Some very smart people at Tulane Uni­ver­sity in the USA who have iden­ti­fied a new bac­terial strain that can con­verts ordin­ary paper into butanol, which can be used a bio­fuel and a sub­sti­tute for pet­rol. The research team from Tulane have been test­ing cop­ies of the on news­pa­per, with enorm­ous success.

Here is some detailed inform­a­tion about how it’s all done:

The strain, dubbed TU-103, has a par­tic­u­lar abil­ity to cre­ate butanol straight from cel­lu­lose, an organic com­pound cre­ated in plants and newspaper.

The sci­ent­ists ori­gin­ally found the strain in animal drop­pings, cre­ated it and developed a patent-pending way to use it to pro­duce biofuel.

323 mil­lion tons of cel­lu­losic sub­stance could be used to cre­ate butanol wind up in land­fills every year in the USA alone, sci­ent­ists said.

The new approach could not only decrease the USA’s obses­sion with oil, but can also use mater­i­als that would oth­er­wise be dumped.

Bio-butanol cre­ated from cel­lu­lose would drastic­ally cut down car­bon diox­ide and smog emis­sions in con­trast to gas­ol­ine, and have a greatly pos­it­ive impact on dump waste,” said David Mul­len, the asso­ci­ate pro­fessor who found the strain with the sup­port of two of the university’s students.

Research­ers tested with other types of bac­teria to cre­ate butanol. But TU-103 is the sole strain found to date that can cre­ate and repro­duce the bio­fuel with oxy­gen, which kills all the other butanol-producing bacteria.

The need to cre­ate butanol in oxygen-free inclos­ure which would dra­mat­ic­ally increases the price upon pro­duc­tion, sci­ent­ists said.

The new dis­cov­ery of TU-103 will decrease the price-per-gallon of butanol as a fuel and make the trans­form­a­tion pro­cess more eco­nom­ic­ally attract­ive to manufacturers.

As a bio­fuel, butanol is bet­ter than eth­anol – which is com­monly cre­ated from corn sugar – because it can eas­ily fuel exist­ing cars without any changes to the engine, and it cre­ated more energy, which means more effi­cient gas mileage.

Butanol is also alot less cor­ros­ive than other bio­fuels, so basic­ally it can be eas­ily moved through exist­ing pipelines without damage.

So if you think news­pa­pers were full of trash– well think again! This is a great sub­sti­tute for our fuel source, what do you think? Com­ment bellow.


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