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I am now a simple Grandpa who's life is made richer as each grandchild is born. My wife and I have raised five children and the 30 year love labor of raising them has begun to yield sweet fruit..... And then there are fruits of 30 years in ministry ... I am a satisfied old man full of the joy of the Lord.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Coal To Diesel Breakthrough

Scientists have found a way to convert coal to diesel fuel. This is good news because we have an abundance of coal in the USA. We have 40 times the amount of oil reserves in our coal reserves.

The process is the result of the use of certain catalytic processes that change the molecular weight of the hydrocarbons. The process removes hydrogen molecules and moves them around in the mix. A range of new molecules are produced. Some useful, some not so useful.

Up until now, the not so useful by products caused storage and disposal problems. But the breakthrough lies in the fact that even these medium weight by products can be molecularly rearranged again and made useful.

Who knows ? Maybe the world wide quiet war for oil will soon be over.

You can read more about it here.


Blogger Aaron said...

Coal, oil, and natural gas are all a drop in the bucket compared to the one remaining 'fossil fuel' that is thus far untapped: methane hydrates. Look it up once on the net. It's methane trapped in ice; you burn it like coal brickets There's more hydrocarbon mass bound up in methane hydrates than in all other hydrocarbon sources combined.

3:39 PM, April 15, 2006  
Anonymous kris said...

Also look up the Kerrick process for converting low grade coal into a variety of usefull products (including gasoline like derivative)Another part of the end stream is a great deal of carbon dioxide suitable for injection into depleted oil fields for further extraction.It's very economical and since its a relatively low temperature process there are few toxic materials produced.

11:38 PM, April 28, 2006  

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