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22-02-2005, 15:04:21

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.

So if Venom would fall into the end, what would come out of the other end?

22-02-2005, 15:06:43

22-02-2005, 15:27:58
and roll!


22-02-2005, 15:40:18

22-02-2005, 15:40:57
I was waiting for the first pedant to correct me. :p

22-02-2005, 15:43:40

I'm the Noisy one today!!

22-02-2005, 15:47:36
And many other days.

22-02-2005, 15:49:48

22-02-2005, 15:53:04
I don't agree with the eco-nazi's comments at the end when he says this won't help the enviroment. We're experiencing global warming because we keep taking carbon out of the ground and putting it into the air plus we are cutting down forests thus removing nature's way of recycling carbon.

If we used oil created from waste then at least we're not adding more carbon at the surface. That means the net amount of carbon at the surface hasn't changed so we've improved one side of the equation.

23-02-2005, 04:24:45
Glad to see this is advancing. And I finally understand why the oil companies didn't buy it and shut it down... it can be used to make them even more profits out of their own wastes. Nice to know...

23-02-2005, 05:34:53
I'm still not sure it can be done profitably. They're claiming they can produce high grade light oil for $15 per barrel. If memory serves the current price of crude (not even light oil) is in the $40-$50 range.

Something tells me they haven't included some costs into their estimates or else why wouldn't everyone rush in to this to buy oil at 1/3 the price?

23-02-2005, 05:43:54
Remember, about $20 of oil cost is nothing but "terrorist rate hike". That's what oil shot up by since the attacks and the targetting of oil workers and facilities.

Second, I think are comparing the wrong categories. They stated heating oil grade B, which goes for $15 - $20. Not the price of light sweet crude (which is what you are quoting at the $45 range).

23-02-2005, 05:48:34
If I'm not mistaken OPEC has cut production significantly in the last few years while demand (especially in China) has shot up. We won't be seeing $20 per barrel prices any time soon.

Good point about the heating oil vs light sweet though.

23-02-2005, 06:24:53
Well eventually the oil has got to dry up. It's not like there's an infinite amount beneath us.