Unusual Alternative Fuel Sources

Authorities in Sweden have come up with an unusual idea of a source for alternative fuel. They have strict laws regarding the import of alcohol into that country and a lot of people knowingly or unknowingly bring in alcohol. This results in its confiscation and the department making this confiscation is faced with the unusual problem of having to dispose of this smuggled alcohol. They have now come up with the idea of converting the smuggled goods into biogas and using the biogas to run public vehicles. So if you do go to Sweden you may well find yourself on a bus or train that is using this biogas to run it, and the authorities have got rid of their problem of disposing off the smuggled goods.

One company has been innovative enough to use diapers for conversion into synthetic diesel. They are turning 30000 tons of used diapers (which would have otherwise just gone into a landfill) into 10000 tons of diesel at a cost of barely 50 cents for every liter. In most such schemes to produce alternative fuels using unusual materials that are otherwise wasted, the problem is to guarantee a consistency in the supply of the quantity of material required. Fortunately in the case of diapers, the used variety, the production of the waste is fairly consistent and municipal authorities are quite happy to eliminate these from their landfills and even receive some revenue from it.

A researcher using radio waves to destroy cancer cells found that his radio frequency generator was releasing the oxygen and hydrogen from seawater, and the resultant gas burnt with a flame of high intensity. Could this be the beginning of a new source for alternative fuel that could transform the world? Only time and further research will tell.

Closed landfills where municipal garbage is dumped into an engineered basin can produce methane that can be used to generate electricity. The basin is first prepared by lining a depression in the ground with plastic lining and clay so that the leach ate from the decomposed garbage does not go into the soil. The basin is then filled up with the garbage and after the landfill has reached its capacity the top of it, is again sealed with clay and sand and a layer of topsoil. The decomposition process produces methane which is piped out through submerged pipes and taken to a dedicated power station that uses it to generate electricity.

Individuals have also joined in this effort to make alternative fuels and one experimental truck has run successfully using ammonia as an alternative fuel. The mileage obtained is very high and the emissions are negligible, with the biggest benefit being the cheapness of the alternative fuel. There are people who have been successful in running vehicles on vegetable oil and the costs are so low as to be almost laughable. A measly 3$ for running all of 300 miles. Just imagine if this could be used on a wider scale and its attendant problems resolved, could create a sensation and say goodbye to the dependence on oil producing countries.