Will bacteria kill the EV?

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Till now biodiesel is not suitable for all diesel engines. But regarding to an article on the NewScientist, a group of bioscientists from the university of Exeter around Dr. John Love have managed to alter the DNA of E. coli bacteria to make diesel fuel from glucose from plants that is almost identical to conventional diesel fuel.

The next step is to learn how to scale-up the laboratory experiment to mass produce this biologically produced diesel fuel.

A further interesting aspect of this is that for mass production, the DNA of the bacteria can be further tweaked so you can feed them with straw or animal manure to produce diesel fuel, according to Dr. Love.

You can also read the article from the university of Exeter.

100%Saab
Member

Interesting if true. It could change energy production forever.

Turbo9000
Member

Very interesting indeed!
And hopefully it will ‘kill the EV‘, so we can keep those turbos spinning…. 😉

Ken H
Member

Dr Strange Love?

I would rather poke my eyes out with a fork than drive a diesel car…

jond
Member

What’s wrong with diesel cars? I’ve got a diesel, many of my friends have got diesels and we get on with them just fine.

jond
Member
YES! Surely this sort of advance is inevitable. Fossil fuels seem to me to be a very poor engineering material. First you need to invent photosynthesis, develop life, mix, store and compress vast forests over billions of years and then drill to the bottom of the ocean to extract the stuff and refine. How much better to engineer some clever bacteria (who know more about photosynthesis than we currently do) to produce stuff suitable directly for the tank. The other major advance, which is now overdue, is a true understanding of how to replicate the technology that drives the animal… Read more »
JH
Member

I think cellulose ethanol will be a very good car fuel when developed into commercial production:
http://www.sekab.com/biorefinery

kochje
Member

Very interesting; thanks for bringing this to our attention.

900 classic cab
Guest

“Will bacteria kill the EV?”
No, if the EV comes quickly.

wfg
Member
Yes it hast zo kill the EV as EVs are not the logic evolution of gasoline cars!! They work in cities but not outside and considering every car beeing a EV we would run out of energy in no time. ok, we might consider more atomic powerplants, more solar stations….everything, blahblah as, uranium will run out and is not that safe and solar cells need enormous resssources if produced on large scale. I dont want to start the discussion again, but EVs need by far more ressources than a Saab 9-3 2.0T by building them. Thus, the answer must only… Read more »
zippy
Member

The EV will kill itself eventually.

No 9
Member

In Spain, BFS, a startup company, runs a prototype production plant of biofuel. They use micro algae, which created oil in the first place, combined with CO2 obtained from a nearby cement plant. The result is a biofuel with nearly the same calorific power as gasoline and that consumes 1 ton less of CO2 per barrel produced. Interesting avenue.

mattea
Member

However, the internal combustion engine still releasing exhaust emissions, can we afford it, in big cities? I think the future means many different sources.

Angelo V.
Member

EV = Betamax

Angelo V.
Member

To clarify: Sony Betamax.

Thylmuc
Member

I’m tired of repeating this, but agrofuels are not available in sufficient quantities, and will never be. There is not enough arable land on this planet. Not without ruining all remaining eco systems. And probably not even _with_ ruining them. I have done calculations. Show me yours.

It is either EVs, or take the train. And progress in battery research is painfully slow.

davidgmills
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