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Published:November 19th, 2012 12:02 EST
Septic System Internal Combustion Engine?

Septic System Internal Combustion Engine?

By Ron G Anselm


If you are like every consumer nowadays, then you are one of the millions of people that either has to save every penny they earn or are one of the million still out of work, down on your luck and almost your bucks.

If you are, then join the club in watching every cent you spend. We are currently living in times that take every cent of our bottom line to buy the necessities like food, clothing and shelter for our family(s). The other commodity that seems to be taking the larger section of our personal pie chart (if you run your personal finances like you would a business) then you probably have a pie chart saved somewhere on your laptop or desk top where every time you pay your monthly bills you add in the information and see where your hard earned money is going and most of that hard earned money seems to be going to gasoline cost which is really a necessity for us to function.

Wouldn`t it be great to find alternative ways to fill our gas tanks up and pocket that added expense? Yes, it really would and now that may become a reality in the future. Scientists are currently studying alternative fuels that would blend with the mechanics and function of the internal combustion engine (your vehicles engine) and how we can become more efficient and self-sufficient when it comes to fuel dependency.

When the economy tanked back some four years ago and gasoline prices sky rocketed people were looking at making their own fuel from biodiesel fuel sources. I had one of my friends tell me and he is a very resourceful guy that he was going to look into buying some sort of kit they had on the market back then that would turn corn starch into biodiesel fuel. I thought that would be great if you could really do that.

The energy companies wouldn`t like that but if we could look at not becoming dependent on having to pay the high gasoline prices that I believe will never again in our lifetime drop below one dollar a gallon as it once was and become self-sufficient this would be the only way to go.

We also don`t want our country to be dependent on paying the high price of cost per barrel of oil from the Middle East where they know they can rape us (so to speak) on the cost of oil to make gasoline. The alternative ways and cheaper and less costly ways are being looked at now of making fuel and one way that is being looked at is biodiesel production.

The ways that are being looked at to making alternative fuels sources into biodiesel and this way would definitely be a big alternative way to make fuel to look at taking raw sewage and converted it into biodiesel fuel. Forget looking at taking corn starch and making it into biodiesel fuel look at taking your raw sewage and converting it that way. I call that Turd to tank ".

One of the biggest costs associated with biodiesel production is the feedstock, or raw material. Using refined oils can be expensive, so Sewage sludge might be promising because of the remarkably high yield of oil and low cost. a team of Korean researchers writes in Environmental Science & Technology.

With Korea now in the energy game and the Middle East slowly fading out of it the Korean`s could turn out to be our resource for fuel as another way of buying it for our country`s consumption. Korea`s waste treatment plant currently produce and process around four millions tons of sewage a year (a lot of poop to process, maybe because of the food they eat like raw fish and vegetables which turn out to be natures laxatives) but in any case if the can turn that stinky raw sewage into biodiesel fuel and it works that would be the answer more than likely to our dependency on buying oil from other countries.

Some of the ingredients in making the oil that converts to gasoline that fills our tanks and takes our dollars out of our wallets is what really adds in the cost per of producing it. The system that is being looked at using sewage sludge to produce oil is by taking one of the main ingredients and costly ingredients at that out of the process and that is to remove the soybean oil out of the process of making the fuel source. Doing it this way would cost only 3 cents per liter, compared to 80 cents for soybean oil which is a big savings.

The researchers of this projected first tested it and found out using extracted lipids from sewage sludge and using a new production method, converted the material into biodiesel. The conversion efficiency was 98.5 percent, they report. The work shows that sewage sludge has the potential to bring down biodiesel costs, owing to its simplicity and technical advantages, as well as environmental benefits, the team writes (Kwon, E.E., Environmental Science & Technology).

This method sounds pretty promising for a main way to make alternative fuels. Maybe the next time you eat a hot chili dinner and drink your next morning`s cup of coffee that turns out to be the source of your daily laxative after that spicy meal and you go to do your daily morning business, consider what is coming out (in hypothetical terms) that stuff we call poop (in a more refined way of putting it) may just have some dollar value to it in the future has scientists find new and interesting ways for us to save money at the tank.

Source: Kwon, EE. (2012) Environmental Science and Technology, From Poop to Pump,

Sewage sludge could offer cheap way to make biodiesel


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