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.
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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