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Old 10-04-2013, 05:49 AM   #188 (permalink)
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An excellent power source for distilling ethanol would be the sun.
Conventional solar boilers could heat up the mixture to near boiling. Mirrors could do the rest, or heaters driven by PV cells for better controllability.

A setup like that would use the suns energy more efficiently than plain PV cells would.
It would require far less fossil fuel to build too. Or biofuel. Or solar power. Or hamster mills.
We really should no longer calculate the effort to build something by fossil fuel as if that is the only way. I might use the hamster mill factor from now on.
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My new favorite mineral is tinnunculite which forms when falcon poo reacts with the gases from a burning coal mine. Yeah.
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