Sunday, November 12, 2006
What are you - "38 pounds of oil, 7 pounds of gas, and 7 pounds of minerals, as well as 123 pounds of sterilized water"
Confirming the fact that I am a true geek, I have found a new, very interesting chemical process. Thermal Depolymerization Process. TDP for short. What does it do? First gather as much carbon based waste as you can find (almost everything is carbon based, but you couldn't put nuclear waste in there for example). Put it into the TDP machine. Heat the waste up super hot and compress the heck out of it. Out comes water, oil, gas and carbon solids. If you were to put a 175 lb human in it, out would come 38 pounds of oil, 7 pounds of gas, and 7 pounds of minerals, as well as 123 pounds of sterilized water. As you can imagine, this has some very interesting prospects in the renewable energy department. Almost everything you throw in the trash undergo the process. The technology is still working out the kinks, but it is still very cool to think about.
Here are some Discover.com articles regarding it.
Posted by Team TIAA-CREF / Clif Bar at 5:24 PM