Wednesday, Oct 07th

Last update03:28:32 AM GMT

You are here News Energy Turning wood into oil in to simple steps

Turning wood into oil in to simple steps

E-mail Print PDF

Turning woo into oilEfficiency and simplicity have long eluded renewable-fuel researchers, but a Maine scientist has developed a two-step process he says can make oil from the cellulose in wood fiber.

This process, far less complex than competing methods, creates an oil that can be refined into gasoline, jet fuel or diesel and removes nearly all oxygen -- the enemy of fuel efficiency.

"It's unique and it's simple," said Clay Wheeler, the University of Maine chemical engineering professor who discovered the process last year with two undergraduates. "This is important because the more complex the technology, the more expensive it's going to be."

In heavily wooded Maine, logging produces a lot of scrap tree stumps, tops and branches that are unusable for making lumber or paper.

While additional research is needed, if Wheeler's process is ultimately able to be commercially developed, it could help forest-rich states generate their own fuel from that scrap.

More + Video...

Most Recent Related Stories...

Oil Industry Needs to Find Half a Trillion Dollars to Survive

Oil indusctry needs a trillion dollarsAt a time when the oil price is languishing at its lowest level in six years,...

Oil Services Co.,Baker Huhes, lays off 10,500

Baker Hughes "Extreme market forces" are in play in the global energy sector, oil services company Baker...

Aircraft to start hunt for Atlantic oil off East Coast

Aircraft hunting oil An aerial hunt for oil and natural gas reserves in the Atlantic Ocean is poised to...

Japan now has more car charging points than gas stations

Japanese charging pointsNissan Motor Co. has reported that Japan now has more places to charge electric vehicles than...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!