Gasoline From Cow Dung (or Thermal depolymerization)

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Because our “addiction to oil” will eventually lead us to eternal damnation, it’s good to know that our scientists are really looking far and wide for alternative fuel sources.

Quoting Slashdot via Yahoo News, we learn that Japanese researchers extracted a small amount of gasoline from 3.5oz of cow dung. The process uses application of high heat and pressure. An insightful comment from a fellow reader mentioned that the process isn’t new and is commonly known as Thermal depolymerization (TDP).

Thermal depolymerization (TDP) is a process for the reduction of complex organic materials (usually waste products of various sorts, often known as biomass) into light crude oil. It mimics the natural geological processes thought to be involved in the production of fossil fuels. Under pressure and heat, long chain polymers of hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon decompose into short-chain petroleum hydrocarbons with a maximum length of around 18 carbons (via Wikipedia)

Next time we encounter a useless piece of gadget, we might have to start rethinking about how we call it a “Piece of Shit” (POS)… even shit may be more useful than you think.

4 thoughts on “Gasoline From Cow Dung (or Thermal depolymerization)

  1. I read the article when it came out and thought “Wait. I know this process.This process was used by German chemist Friedrich Karl Rudolf Bergius in 1912.He felt that the earth’s oil would be depleted by 2045 and therefore looked for other sources.”

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