Diesel engines like to burn diesel fuel. Most, especially older ones, will also run just fine on biodiesel. But ethanol? You can't put ethanol in a diesel engine, right? According to National Corn Growers Association chairman and Nebraska corn farmer Bob Dickey, there actually is a way to mix ethanol into a diesel cycle right at the point of combustion, resulting in a diesel engine that runs cooler and is more efficient.
Ok, we know that technically any plant product can be made into ethanol. But the list of plant biomass that researchers are actively working on converting to ethanol is getting pretty long as well. We have the obvious ones - corn and soybeans - but also poplar trees, grapes, citrus fruit and now, watermelons.
If you – like me – are still learning lots about the ethanol scene, then Bill Kovarik has got some information for you (us). Twenty-five years ago Kovarik wrote a book about the history of ethanol called Forbidden Fuel, and he is currently working on an updated version. Kovarik was willingly caught on tape by Cindy over at Domestic Fuel for an interview recently. Kovarik is passionate (as you can see over at his website) about getting the facts of leaded gasoline vs. ethyl alcohol ga
Xethanol is set to increase their production of ethanol in six states in New England: Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont. The corporation has set up NewEnglandXethanol LLC, a “strategic alliance” between Xethanol and Global Energy Management LLC, according to a press release pointed at by Domestic Fuel. This announcement follows Xethanol’s previous announcement of their CoastalXethanol initiative, which will increase ethanol production in
Cindy over at Domestic Fuel lets rip a little bit of a rant, and it’s good that she did. Her anger or frustration at the “all hat no cattle” public personas of our supposed leaders on sustainability issues is warranted and timely, what with Hastert’s recent fake photo op (is that redundant?). I agree that one of the keys to solving this mess we’re in (and yes, we’re in a mess) is to simply use less and enjoy more. I saw a sign – perhaps by some group lik