from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, press release March 28, 2012
The benefits of filling a car with compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel go further than economy.
According to a US Department of Energy (DOE) fact sheet, vehicles using CNG show significantly less engine wear, need less maintenance and fewer oil changes and are expected to last longer. The project will work at documenting those savings, which, if they exist, will be over and above the savings in fuel cost.
A DOE website says driving a car on CNG instead of gasoline cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 30 to 40%. Additionally, the CNG fueled car emits about 25% less carbon dioxide, 65% less nitrogen oxide and 90% less carbon monoxide. The escaped fuel vapors, which contribute to smog, are almost entirely eliminated.
quasar’s gas-making process diverts waste from landfills and incinerators, cuts pollution risk from that waste and reduces the costs of farmers’ and businesses’ waste disposal.
Because quasar’s gas-from-garbage isn’t a fossil fuel, it doesn’t need drilling and comes from a renewable, abundant, sustainable resource.
“It’s not just that it’s an alternative fuel. It’s that it’s bio-derived—that it takes a waste stream and turns it into a useful product,” according to Jim Currie, project leader and director of a program working to commercialize the OSU center’s research.
Currie isn’t talking about just one useful product. Here’s a couple more:
The liquid left from the process can be used as an alternative farm fertilizer—a source of plant nutrients and organic matter. Or it can be dewatered and dried, leaving a rich material similar to compost that quasar can sell as a soil amendment or as livestock bedding.
Way to go, OSU. You’re turning the waste from converted waste into something useful that will produce more waste for you to convert into etc., etc., etc.