Ethanol as fuel?

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Ethanol as fuel?

Postby Vatch » Fri May 11, 2007 11:28 am

Might as well start a new thread. I'm not convinced ethanol is a solution to anything. What are the total costs for a liter of ethanol compared to gasoline? How about the farming costs (i.e. fertilizer, machinery, fuel for said machinery) and distillation costs (i.e. heat to cause the evaporation of ethanol)? I have yet to see the number presented.

On a side note, I have a link here somewhere with instructions and blueprints for building your very own ethanol still. It even has a Q&A with instructions for obtaining a federal license to operate said contraption.

Stills are relatively simple devices. Details in the plans depend on the volume of “product” you want. Federal license? Nobody around here (Appalachia) worries about that.
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Postby Chris » Fri May 11, 2007 11:40 am

LOL @ Appalachia!

Yes, supposedly it takes too much energy to produce and lately some studies have been in the news to show increased health risks for the general public. And they're already crying about a corn shortage, leading to rising prices for corn and corn-related products... go figure. It's exactly like I posted in the other thread today, if people want it, producers will find a way to milk us for every last cent.

Basically, if it's not 'cheap' and it's not 'green' then the only thing it has left going for it is that it could free us from relying on 'Big Oil'. But even that won't be easy to accomplish unless you can make it yourself in your own backyard :wink:

Also, it takes a higher fuel to air ratio to run which translates to higher fuel consumption.
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Re: Ethanol as fuel?

Postby Volker_P » Mon May 14, 2007 1:04 am

Some people might really like that as they could share a drink with their bike then. :lol:

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Postby cb650 » Wed Jun 20, 2007 6:57 am

when enough people start using it the price/taxes on it will go up. Remember diesel was half the price of gas untill it became popular.


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