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    would it be possible to change a coal burner in a power plant, to burn ethanol,

    well, perhaps i mean is burning ethanol possible, to replace coal burning. is it a possible , realitic idea?


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    Sure, but methane is better. Natural gas. And it's renewable, at least I consider it to be, and it can be farmed as well. It also burns cleaner than coal, which is known to burn with impurities and cause smog, acid rain, etc.

    You could burn ethanol. You could even have ethanol as a pretty solid contributor to the fuel economy. Methanol is better for these purposes though (for reasons I can't get into right now, I'm about to crash), but you can't drink it because it will make formaldehyde in your liver and kill you.


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    and bang goes your eyes too ah ha methonal is more suited.
    the reason i ask, is ireland , still relys heavly on coal and oil ect. we have gas off our west coast, but that cannot supply our needs

    on a totally different matter, our sugar beet industry , has gone bust.
    two plants dealing with all that, has gone under, non profitable, and will be closed by the end of this year (i think)

    merge the two together, we have a huge means of producing sugar beat , and like brazil could use it to fuel our cars, or at least add it to improve octane numbres or something. im just trying to work out if we could this instead of in our tea?

    they also produce methane , am i correct?

    im just exploring avenues which i want to explore!

    he he, drinkin methanol is silly :P but drinkin ethanol is as silly, ethanal is its bi-product. its a potentil carciniogentic. i still indulge occasionaly why do we do all this, these suitations, to ourselfs
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    im just trying to work out could this gloucouse be used instead in our tea?
    I'm sorry, I'm not sure what you mean. And sucrose is what is found in sugar beets. I'm sure you could make ethanol from sugar beets, however I'm not sure how effecient sugar beets are as a crop for ethanol production. I know Brazil does it, but I haven't researched it enough to speak about its effeciency and don't trust the Brazillian government due to the tragedy that is the farming practices in the rainforest.

    they also produce methane , am i correct?
    It's easy to produce methane, much like we do honey. Only instead of a honey bee, we'd use termites. Methane is a much more effecient green house gas than carbon dioxide (I think 50 times more?), but changes to carbon dioxide upon combustion. As long as we keep methane out of the atmosphere before we burn it, all will be well. Actually, this is the method I endorse for carbon fixation/energy farming. We raise trees/grass etc. to maturity and then harvest them and throw them into a controlled environment with termites and harvest the methane. Then plant more grass/trees, etc. That way we'd have more control over our atmospheric composition because we're trapping CO2 again, and it's renewable.


    he he, drinkin methanol is silly Razz but drinkin ethanol is as silly, ethanal its bi product is carciniogentic. i still indulge occasionaly Sad why do we do all this (points to all preventable suitations) to ourselfs Rolling Eyes
    Drinking methanol is more than silly, but ethanol is not just as silly. Methanol is extremely toxic and will kill you pretty quickly. Ethanol is actually good for you in moderation. I've indulged too much myself though, and I feel that we do such things because we're so divorced from nature we don't realize how unhappy poisoning ourselves makes it, or necessarily notice it.
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    sorry, im on dial up and am costantly rushing, because its slow, and always cutting out, and have to rush , adn my typing, rather my english is very jumbled. i was refering to sugar, as a sweetner, and tea was my example!

    i like that idea. im very much interested in plants as power sources, and the like, sadly suche practises would be seen as un-ecconomic. were by you get something for nothing. the methane from the free grass and termites, and nature. money, adside from the gravity pull of the sun, makes the world turn. totake your example, the brazilian government woudl rather turn a blind eye and allow such practises. for ecconomic reasons.

    well, in moderation, and in the form of beer's and cider, its good, but i can't say i think vodka, or irelands bes whiskey is doing us anygood. is suppose if we pace ourselfs, we can naturally manage!

    i sometimes hear things, and then ... get confused.i was just wondering is ethanal a possible carcionigenic?
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