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xgojim
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:51:14 AM

What if we could get our gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel from yeast instead of from oil wells? That's not as crazy as it sounds. In fact, it's already happening on a small scale. And there's a vigorous research effort to ramp this up on a massive scale. One of the more innovative approaches uses a new technology called "synthetic biology." Jay Keasling is one of the leaders in this hot field. With his supershort crew cut and friendly demeanor, Keasling would fit in nicely where he grew up — on a corn farm in Nebraska that's been in his family for generations. But these days you'll find him in a glistening building in Emeryville, Calif., home to several of his many endeavors. Among the many hats Keasling wears is that of associate laboratory director for biosciences at the Lawrence Be
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remay
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:11:52 PM

That would be a LOT of yeast needed, if they want drilling to stop!
mike56MI
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 5:38:26 PM

OK
JDchefF
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 4:54:16 PM

Hmmmmm, wonder if they could use beer to power their test vehicles?
PathfinderSC
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 4:38:06 PM

You know the Government will not cut out Ethanol for anything else.
juttuniemi
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 4:07:47 PM

"Imagine if we replaced a third of our transportation fuels and made them renewable. And maybe through other means we could decrease the use of petroleum-based fuels so we were putting much less carbon into the atmosphere. That would be a huge benefit."

That'd be great!
bar1035
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 3:35:36 PM

Correct orphancar , no corn needed.

What is needed is sugar - and we know where that comes from.
BurtB
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 2:21:59 PM

This is 10 years away.

But as soon as it can make money, the Left will come out with a reason they are against it.

At its core, the Left believes that people are a problem, and rich people are the worst.
daytonabiker
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 2:19:52 PM

just pie in the sky dreaming
nybearhunter
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 2:05:31 PM

please.
Fleabite44
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:43:17 PM

Nice idea. Lets see how long it takes to come to fruition, if it can.
dr047
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:36:56 PM


Way too many guzzlers on the roads.
Taxrefugee
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:27:57 PM

Worth a try. Real test is it commercially viable at a price consumer ears will pay?
Zuegma
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:20:17 PM

Theoretically interesting but practically & financially unviable.
It's one thing to generate one test tube of synthetic fuel (of some quality?)and it's quite another to generate millions of gallons of gasoline "per day" from it.
It's also a fallacy to see it as a reduction of emissions; it might even double it when you consider the whole process of generating it and that it would deliver the same amount of energy in combustion.
Gee, if one thinks subsidies are bad now for alternatives, it would pale in comparison to bring this idea to full scale production.
Mind you the grants would really make the researchers smile.
orphancarguyPE
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:05:59 PM

Done properly, no land (or corn) is required at all. Specialized bacteria/viruses/yeasts + waste water + carbon dioxide + traces of this and that for good growth + sunshine "could" make all the liquid fuel required. Startup companies with patents outs there already....
kag2010
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:05:19 PM

Fascinating.

YumaFellow
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:56:24 PM

There have been a lot of research projects about biofuels discussed on this site. The key is whether the effort can be taken to large scale at a price lower than the alternatives.
jamofsocal
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:32:48 PM

They are going to need a lot of yeast. And there is not enough corn to go around.

And does this really solve the problem for the greenies? Biofuel still produces emissions when it burns. This will be blocked by the global warming fanatics.
wrunner
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:32:21 PM

Fascinating.

Yeast, the new frontier.

It's continuing mission, to explore new sources of energy.

To go where no bio-fuel has gone before.

humblepie
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:10:55 PM

just more pipedreams by useless acadamia
mastermariner
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:08:05 PM

Back to the cost of this method
dunesfly
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:01:56 PM

great
lesabreAZ
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:58:25 AM

i knew a girl who made her own yeast
bar1035
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:55:11 AM

Haha - from the article that no one read.

"There is, of course, a catch: "This diesel is still more expensive than petroleum-based diesel by quite a long shot."
Discovery02
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:11:06 AM

You see, with smart people, doing research and testing, we CAN solve our energy needs AND have a cleaner, healthier planet.
mitt4prez
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:04:14 AM

The Green fanatics will simply bawl "Frankenfuel!" and haul out the lawyers to stop it via regulation. Again, even if it goes through, it a) will be accompanied by demands for moremoremore govt money b) take years and years. The Greens bawl gainst drilling because it takes "years and years" (thanks to the regulatory process) but that don't bother them with yeast. Yeast is a convenient club to stop drilling now. Should yeast look promising later on, disingenuousness and bad fiath regulatory efforts can stop it then. Net result: no progress and lots of money for lawyers. A Green utopia.
mkohly
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:03:33 AM

"Americans and others would need to accept fuels that cost more at the pump in exchange for the much less tangible benefit of a healthier planet."

That one sentence in the article explains everything in the switch to alternate fuels.
xgojim
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:52:52 AM

(You can listen to this news at npr.org instead of reading it!) This is what makes the USA great! It may not pay off soon but sure sounds interesting. Out of the kitchen and into your car?
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