Gallery: Sundrop Fuels Uses Concentrated Solar Heat to Vaporize Biomass


The technology sounds ultra-futuristic: concentrated solar heat that can vaporize biomass (wood, crop waste, etc.) into synthetic fuels. But the process, developed by Sundrop Fuels, is real, and it can produce twice the amount of gasoline or diesel than conventional biomass gasification systems.

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  1. Techrex March 21, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Dear Sirs, Could you create a smaller concentrated solar heat to vaporize biomass system that people in dog parks can use to dispose of dog poop? There’s a need for it! It’s a renewable source of biomass, and even if you cannot make synfuel from it, if the system reduces it to ashes, the ashes could be used as a fertilzer potash that people could spread on their lawns.

  2. wesleybruce March 20, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Australia’s CSIRO did this in the 1980’s. It works well but the Aussy government lost interest and killed all funding for subsequent development. Maybe Sundrops bought the Aussy rights or their patent attorney missed the CSIRO patents. Its very useful if you can get around the bureaucrats talent for killing solutions.

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