2013

if only my cynical heart could believe it to work as advertised

Anything into Oil: Technological savvy could turn 600 million tons of turkey guts and other waste into 4 billion barrels of light Texas crude each year.

...Unlike other solid-to-liquid-fuel processes such as cornstarch into ethanol, this one will accept almost any carbon-based feedstock. If a 175-pound man fell into one end, he would come out the other end as 38 pounds of oil, 7 pounds of gas, and 7 pounds of minerals, as well as 123 pounds of sterilized water. While no one plans to put people into a thermal depolymerization machine, an intimate human creation could become a prime feedstock. "There is no reason why we can't turn sewage, including human excrement, into a glorious oil," says engineer Terry Adams, a project consultant. So the city of Philadelphia is in discussion with Changing World Technologies to begin doing exactly that. - full article at Discover.com


If the big full-scale facility works like the smaller one then this technology is a big win. Reason for us to stay out of the Middle East (won't need as much pesky blood-money oil), reducing the need for landfill space, and, giving myself a reason to pat myself on the back for going potty (I'm a fuel source producer!) :oÞ
sounds great, but...

we are already charged for waste disposal in the way of sewer fees. and you know that the process is not cheap. so, in the end, you would get charged for giving (raw material=sewage) and receiving (the fuel).

and yes, there is a pun in there.
- robert
Nyeheheheheh.
"If a 175-pound man fell into one end, he would come out the other end as 38 pounds of oil, 7 pounds of gas, and 7 pounds of minerals, as well as 123 pounds of sterilized water. While no one plans to put people into a thermal depolymerization machine, an intimate human creation could become a prime feedstock."

Joy! The humans have discovered new uses for themselves!