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StanleyCup

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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 1:25:34 AM

Tactical trash? The Army has cracked the secret of converting garbage to fuel in the field.
The Tactical Garbage to Energy Refinery II prototype (TGER) is mounted on a trailer and can turn about a ton of garbage into electricity. A typical 550-person unit generates about 2,500 pounds of trash a day. And whether that’s paper, plastic, packaging or food waste, one standard 60-kilowatt diesel generator can handle the unit’s garbage, making synthetic gas from it.
TGER’s fuel can run a generator on approximately 75 percent within two hours; in under 12 hours, TGER can produce alcohol that, when blended with the synthetic gas, can run a generator on full power.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 6:01:45 AM

we need more of the thinking outside the box, not inside.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 5:58:57 AM

military is the leader again. Yea!
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bston
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 6:01:30 PM

Hmmm; hope it works.
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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:58:05 PM

I didn't see a per-gallon cost estimate either, but it's probably a heck of a lot less than flying the stuff to Afghanistan.
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MidNJ
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:04:24 PM

"Where we're going we don't need roads" :)
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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 3:53:42 PM


The Army and all the services have come a long way in getting energy smart.
This is especially true with fielded battalions operating in a combat theater. Few may realize that one Abrams Tank, the best in the world, requires the support from five fuel supply trucks to be fully operational!

Troops driving and escourting fuel supply convoys in Iraq had the most dangerous duty. Our soldiers at the front require more and more electricity from field generators to run the steadily increasing amount of high tech gear for communications, detection, and support. New doctrine is that the less fuel that needs to be transported, the better. Fighting smarter!
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fuel2use
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 1:05:22 PM

Good use.
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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:14:23 AM

An excellent way to be independent of local grids while in the field and lower the military's overall demand for fuel (thus keeping prices down). It will also enhance our troops' reputation when they don't leave so much trash behind. Great outside-the-box innovation!
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findcheap
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:13:02 AM

what is the total power consumption as well as output?
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Discovery02
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:07:28 AM

Put a series of these outside the US Capitol Building in D.C. and we could power the entire country for years!
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:17:00 AM

thrilling
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FNB1967
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:11:33 AM

A good idea
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checkum
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:01:44 AM

the supply of garbage is unlimited in D.C.
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RichardoB
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:00:46 AM

I'm sure these generators are designed to run on ethanol.
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RangerTrainer
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:57:12 AM

:-)
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FogCitySpotter
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:54:14 AM

Innovation. The key to progress.
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taxiken
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:53:03 AM

Sounds cool.
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Trowinsamoan
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:51:45 AM

Great,that we have plenty off
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bjdorval
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:51:38 AM

Ya but is is cheaper and more reliable?
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hawkman1950
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:51:11 AM

More new ideas.
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moregas1966
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:51:01 AM

that is alot of garbage
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:50:34 AM

Great idea come to life.
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mk9999
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:50:11 AM

Is this for real?
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lpatti1
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:49:58 AM

That's how they treat our military anyway! Just like GARBAGE!
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ats621
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:49:57 AM

interesting. Let's see it for everyday use
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SSwathwood
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:48:36 AM

Clean up and save energy. Interesting.
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grt197
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:48:26 AM

is it expensive or not
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rtw777
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:48:06 AM

Hope nothing goes wrong when the tanks are in combat.
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cutter1330
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:46:27 AM

Good for the Army.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:46:09 AM

Many innovative ideas are perfected in the military because they have the base and the manpower to thoroughly test them. If this will work on a large scale, the military will find out.
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freedomsailor
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:44:02 AM

Could use one of those in my neighborhood.
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jcdakota
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:43:41 AM

Can that technology be shared with the homeland? Imagine how much energy a city could make with this system!
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METEOR49
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:42:54 AM

sounds like the flux capacitor in back to the future, hope it works .
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kirzon484
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:42:19 AM

now that is a cool tool
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SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:42:14 AM

Back to the future
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nerde
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:41:57 AM

Awesome
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justme48
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:41:49 AM

This is interesting.Now we know where to send are garbage,Not to a land fill but to the army.
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look-gas
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:41:48 AM

great idea
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Wildman14
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:41:29 AM

Nice, but the other problem at FOBs is water. So where are they getting the water for the injection process? How much does it require?
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rogerparry
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:40:50 AM

Great news. When will they put it on a Dorian?
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:40:22 AM

So this is what prompts the phrase "we leave nothing behind"
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:39:02 AM

Interesting experiment.
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cheapertvs
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:37:09 AM

What does this jewel cost to operate and maintain?
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bad_sailor
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:37:01 AM

That's a good idea.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:36:53 AM

I hope this is true. I'm skeptical. War does produce technical improvements. I read the whole story and no tech details included. Alcohol seems to be produced by some mystery process along with a 60kw generator?
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:35:22 AM

So! How's this affect the price of be in Chili???
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SUPERSTEVIEO
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:34:57 AM

is that E15% i hope so...
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:34:36 AM

Sounds like a good idea.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:33:46 AM

good stuff
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:33:23 AM

no thanks
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