Pentagon using Tactical Garbage in pursuit of alternative fuels

The way I see it there are 3 ways that technology rapidly advances:

1) Greed – Somebody is going to make oodles of money if…

2) Space – “How the heck are we gonna win this here space race?”

3) War – “How do we kill more of them and save more of us?”

Let’s think about this in terms of our quest for alternative fuels.

Since we’re not launching poop-powered rockets into space…yet. And the green revolution has yet to fully evolve. War might be our best hope. (That’s a sentence I never thought I’d ever write.)

Consider this piece in the Washington Post:

“Every time you bring a gallon of fuel forward, you have to send a convoy,” said Alan R. Shaffer, director of defense research and engineering at the Pentagon. “That puts people’s lives at risk.”

Spurred by this grim reality, the Pentagon, which traditionally has not made saving energy much of a priority, has launched initiatives to find alternative fuel sources. The goals include saving money, preserving dwindling natural resources and lessening U.S. dependence on foreign sources.

“The honest-to-God truth, the most compelling reason to do it is it saves lives,” said Brig. Gen. Steven Anderson, director of operations and logistics for the Army. “It takes drivers off the road.”

And because turning water to wine is so B.C…

Two prototypes — known as the Tactical Garbage to Energy Refinery — were deployed to Iraq in the summer and were initially successful, converting field waste — paper, plastic, cardboard and food slop — into biofuel to power a 60-kilowatt generator. “We were able to get oil out of trash,” Shaffer said.

Tactical Garbage to Energy Refinery…Cool!

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Kyle Timmerman says:

I believe that the garbage-to-energy concept was first used by Doc Brown at the end if Back to the Future. And he used it to power the flux capacitor, not something mundane like a generator. Here’s wishing that reality could catch up with Sci-Fi.

Kelsey says:

Yeah, but it would really suck if it caught up to the point we were grovelling at the feet of our robot overlords.

Kyle Timmerman says:

That’s why we have to keep John Connor safe.

Kent says:

Also, we have to figure out how to stop our bodies from churning out all thoes ‘btu’s of energy before we make the robots smart enough to exploit us.

Kelsey says:

Kent, maybe we can reuse those btu’s and have them fire up the 90% of our brains that we don’t use. Then we’ll be able to out-think the robots, if not crush them with our minds.

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