Fuel Made With Wastewater Drastically Reduces Emissions
Posted by keelynet on January 16, 2009
What a neat discovery!
“A team of Taiwanese researchers has combined industrial wastewater and petroleum oil to make a new fuel that could largely eliminate the costly treatment of industrial air emissions from boilers, is an environmentally-friendly way to treat industrial wastewater, and could increase fuel efficiency by 14%. They’ve discovered that when they mix 80% HFO with 19.9% wastewater and 0.1% surfactant, then burn it in a boiler, carbon monoxide emissions are reduced by 84% compared to the emissions generated by burning standard heavy petroleum oil in the same boiler. Not only that, the new fuel also drastically reduces other emissions such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and volatile organics. The addition of the wastewater to the oil causes microexplosions prior to ignition of the oil which, in turn, causes the oil to atomize into a fine vapor. This increases the surface area of the oil and leads to more complete combustion. The water also lowers the temperature of combustion of the entire mixture which also reduces pollution from nitrogen oxides.” – Source
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