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Old 07-17-2008, 01:29 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_gas


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Wood gas can be used to power cars with ordinary internal combustion engines if a wood gasifier is attached. This was quite popular during World War II in several European and Asian countries because the war prevented easy and cost-effective access to oil. In more recent times, wood gas has been suggested as a clean and efficient method to heat and cook in developing countries, or even to produce electricity when combined with a gas turbine or internal combustion engine. ...

Something for you whizkids to try...
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Wood gas is probably going to be like CTL technology, it creates CO2 and the "green" folks probably will baulk. The anti carbon crowd is holding up the CTL plant in Pennsylvania. We can get 2 barrels of oil from 1 ton of coal at a cost less than half that of current oil. We have 27% of the world coal reserves. China is building several CTL plants now. We will be using the wood gas but I'm guessing that the energy input/output ratio for wood is higher than for coal.
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According to the article the process is about 10% efficient compared to just burning the wood. You could probably increase that level for structural use by making cooking/heating fuel and also heating water, or otherwise scavenging the heat, from the combustion itself.

Technically it's "carbon neutral" since the wood has pulled CO2 form the air and new growth will recover it eventually. In the meantime though it is a faster release than letting it just rot on the forest floor.
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I need a 250hp steam engine to drop in my Dodge p/u. Where can I get one and what kind of range can I expect? Bare in mind the payload will decrease as I burn it.
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This isn't a new "motor" or "engine." You hang an oven off the back of your vehicle and it produces combust able gas. Kind of like your own private, portable, refinery.

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