DIY Trash-Powered Gasification Car (Video)

Honda Accord Runs on Trash
We’ve got excited about waste gasification before, especially at news of the first US waste gasification facility. We’ve even got excited about DIY wood gasification. But howabout the folks at All Power Labs creators of the open source Gasifier Experimenter’s Kit in Oakland, California, who have converted their Honda Accord to run, cleanly they say, on anything from walnut shells to wood chips? Read on to learn how they did it…

Gasification is the use of heat to tranform solid biomass, or other carbonaceous solids, into a synthetic "natural gas like" flammable fuel. Through gasification, we can convert nearly any solid dry organic matter into a clean burning, carbon neutral, gaseous fuel. Whether starting with wood chips or walnut shells, construction debris or agricultural waste, the end product is a flexible gaseous fuel you can burn in your internal combustion engine, cooking stove, furnace or flamethrower. Or in this case, your DeLorean. Well ok, how about a Honda Accord . . . Sound impossible?

Did you know that over one million vehicles in Europe ran onboard gasifiers during WWII to make fuel from wood and charcoal, as gasoline and diesel were rationed or otherwise unavailable? Long before there was biodiesel and ethanol, we actually succeeded in a large-scale, alternative fuels redeployment-- and one which curiously used only cellulosic biomass, not the oil and sugar based biofuel sources which famously compete with food.

Click through to the ever wonderful Instructables for a step-by-step account of building your own gasifier-powered vehicle. Of course we still love bikes, we may have better uses for biomass once the oil stops flowing, and this particular set of wheels won't win any points for looks, but it is nice to know we have options.

Tags: Biofuels | California | Transportation | United States


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