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Month: November 2019

Creating High Octane Jet Fuel From Biomass

Creating High Octane Jet Fuel From Biomass

It is no secret – the higher the octane of the fuel the more expensive it is. That is why jet fuel is typically so expensive. While utilising ethanol (a fuel that is converted from biomass) is not a new technological discovery really, creating butanol from biomass is. Butonol expels much more energy when burnt than ethanol (approximately thirty percent more). Creating butonol doesn’t require specific crops grown for the practice either – unlike ethanol – in fact, butonol can be made from old wood chips and plant stalks. At the forefront of this research is a company called Gevo.

Butanol can be converted into jet fuel because butanol is one of the chemicals in gasoline. To manufacture butanol on a commercial scale it will take some time to develop facilities to pump out a significant volume of butanol (then jet fuel) so the reality of utilising butanol is a ways off yet. It is a highly sustainable fuel source because plant waste can be converted into butanol instead of utilising large tracks of farmable land to grow specific crops for conversion into butanol. In fact, butanol is not only good for jet fuel; a typical car will have no problem running on butanol without requiring extra gasoline to water it down (this is required of ethanol – many companies only mix ten percent ethanol into their gasoline mix because ethanol is a lower octane than gasoline).

While there is no promise that butanol (or jet fuel refined from butanol) is able to have any real impact on the price of gasoline – one thing is certain, it will lower our dependence on fossil fuels and the ecological impact of siphoning it from the ground. It is really up to people to start funding research into such projects so that …

Best Way to Get iPad 2 Ebooks? How I Download Ebooks for the iPad 2

Best Way to Get iPad 2 Ebooks? How I Download Ebooks for the iPad 2

I brought the iPad 2 a few days ago and I am very impressed with it as both a replacement for my laptop in terms of internet surfing and as a ereader to replace my old hardback book collection. The iPad 2 is a very sleek design and is bursting with features including new cameras and wireless internet options. The one fault I have with it tho is finding good quality ebooks that I want to read (which is the main reason I got this gadget).

I have found 2 particular methods I would like to share with you as they are by far the easiest and best ways I know of to get ebooks.

The first is a service called scribd, which is basically a totally free service that allows users to sign up and then browse hundreds of ebooks, white papers, comics and news articles all in one place, It is excellent and has allowed me to find hundreds of well know titles available for free download once you sign up.

The problems are you can often get viruses and spyware from books from scammer placing books on the site, and it doesn’t always allow users to download the literature and then some of the titles are illegally placed on the site by people who do not own the copyright to the books so you are sometimes illegally getting access to books. It is however brilliant as an online library.

The Second method is a Service called Ebooks for iPad, which is a brand new online service which you must subscribe to for a small fee of 20 dollars but then you get access to literally tens of thousands of free ebooks, The beauty of this service is once you are a member you have access to the …

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