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New Fuel in 3 to 5 years?

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New Fuel in 3 to 5 years?

British scientists 'invent artificial petrol' that could cost just 90p per GALLON (and there's no ca...
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‘We have developed new micro-beads that can be used in an existing gasoline or petrol vehicle to replace oil-based fuels,' he told website Gizmag.
‘Early indications are that the micro-beads can be used in existing vehicles without engine modification.

Who's to say in 3 to 5 years production costs would mean it's really that much cheaper?

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Re: New Fuel in 3 to 5 years?

By the time we get there petrol and derv will be so expensive anyway it will of course seem cheaper - but it will only stay there for a while and then the price of the new stuff will be ramped up too.
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Re: New Fuel in 3 to 5 years?

There is a fundamental problem.
In order to produce the beads you will need energy and hydrogen (from whatever source) and transport currently uses about a third of the total UK energy consumption.
In 2001 this was said to be over 40 million tons of oil equivalent http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file11250.pdf
There is no way at all the UK non fossil fuel energy production can be ramped up to the extent needed
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Re: New Fuel in 3 to 5 years?

Don't forget tax, if it starts at 90p a gallon, tax will be something like £5 per gallon - there is no way the government would want to use the billions in revenue they get from the double tax (petrol tax then VAT added on top, so you're paying tax on tax) on fuels.  Of course, they would argue "it takes so much energy to create we want to ensure we tax it fairly to pay for the global warming effect from the production of these fuels"
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to pay for the global warming effect from the production of these fuels"

that statement by governments has always puzzled me.......
WHO gets the tax that pays for the global warming.....?  Is there some "rich Buzzard" somewhere with an enormous bank balance just raking in all this money...?
and , if so,  what does he do with it? is he planting trees all over the world, so that they can fall down and rot into the ground, and in a million years become oil for the "next generation" to use? ? ? etc etc?
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Re: New Fuel in 3 to 5 years?

It is not what the Mail's description of "artificial petrol" would lead one to expect. There is a tank of beads. The beads are fed to a heater. Hydrogen is driven off into the engine and spent beads are collected for recycling in another tank.
Mail Report:"Early indications are that the micro-beads can be used in existing vehicles without engine modification."
Perhaps but not without making modifications to the vehicle.
Mail Caption to diagram-"How it works: Cella Energy is optimistic that drivers will not need to modify their cars in order to use the fuel"
So where did that heater in the diagram come from?
See http://www.cellaenergy.com/index.php?page=technology
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Re: New Fuel in 3 to 5 years?

Surely no-one expects technical accuracy from a journalist?  Wink
And as for someone writing in the daily wail, heaven only knows!  Crazy