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Old 01-08-2009, 05:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Convert your Honda Accord to run on trash

Seen this new Instructable yet??

Convert Your Honda Accord to Run on Trash

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We may not yet have a flux capacitor for time travel, but we do already have the equivalent of "Mr. Fusion", which if cleverly applied, will enable you to run your car on everyday "trash"-- today. This "magical" device is called a gasifier. And what it does is called gasification.

Gasification is the use of heat to tranform solid biomass, or other carbonaceous solids, into a synthetic "natural gas like" flammable fuel. Through gasification, we can convert nearly any solid dry organic matter into a clean burning, carbon neutral, gaseous fuel. Whether starting with wood chips or walnut shells, construction debris or agricultural waste, the end product is a flexible gaseous fuel you can burn in your internal combustion engine, cooking stove, furnace or flamethrower. Or in this case, your DeLorean. Well ok, how about a Honda Accord . . .

Sound impossible?

Did you know that over one million vehicles in Europe ran onboard gasifiers during WWII to make fuel from wood and charcoal, as gasoline and diesel were rationed or otherwise unavailable? Long before there was biodiesel and ethanol, we actually succeeded in a large-scale, alternative fuels redeployment-- and one which curiously used only cellulosic biomass, not the oil and sugar based biofuel sources which famously compete with food.

This redeployment was made possible by the gasification of waste biomass, using simple gasifiers about as complex as a traditional wood stove. These small-scale gasifiers are easily reproduced (and improved) today by DIY enthusiasts using simple hammer and wrench technology.

The goal of this project is to show you how to do it.

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Old 01-08-2009, 08:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah, I just passed that INSTRUCTABLE on to a few people I know.

Locally, there are some folks working on gasification for renewable electrical production while as the same time heating greenhouses and producing CO2 for the plants.

They were talking about maybe building a gasifier car to take to the MREA Alt Car Show this summer.

If you are into "Mr. Fusion" cars, don't forget about this one in Sweden! They use waste wood chips for a lot of things up there.

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FEMA (yeah that FEMA) published a report on how to do this. i keep a copy stashed in case the sh## ever hits the fan with oil companies.

here it is

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