The following article is from next month's Discover: http://www.discover.com/may_03/featoil.html [Broken]. I'd never heard of this process before reading that (in the print edition). Any thoughts?
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Actually, it depends on how they are making this.After all if it requires more energy to drive the process then you get out, what is the point?
There is a specific claim in there of 15% of the energy out being required for the transformation.Originally posted by Integral
The process of sepreationg the hydrocarbons itself is not surprising, the hard part is doing it in such a manner that final energy density of the material out is GREATER then the energy required to reduce the input material. I do not count the energy content of the input material only the energy required to drive the process. Of course the total of process energy and energy content of the input material will be greater then the final materials energy content, put the key will be to use a minimum of energy to do the conversion. After all if it requires more energy to drive the process then you get out, what is the point?
Well you have to remember that most magazines including Discover exist for the sake of selling magazines, not conducting or analyzing science.Originally posted by Jack
Isn't Discover quite a respectible magazine so I would have thought they would have checked their facts first but it does sound too good to be true.