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When biomass is heated in the absence of oxygen it decomposes into a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide known as synthesis gas or "syngas".

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wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Friday June 1, 2012, 4:08 pm
> When biomass is heated in the absence of oxygen it decomposes into a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide
sure, if all the other excess elements and compounds are beamed away by the helpful green fairy queen

Bob hardly here P (394)
Friday June 1, 2012, 4:39 pm

Kit B (276)
Friday June 1, 2012, 4:41 pm

What is Zero point?

Quantum mechanics predicts the existence of what are usually called ''zero-point'' energies for the strong, the weak and the electromagnetic interactions, where ''zero-point'' refers to the energy of the system at temperature T=0, or the lowest quantized energy level of a quantum mechanical system. Although the term ''zero-point energy'' applies to all three of these interactions in nature, customarily (and hereafter in this article) it is used in reference only to the electromagnetic case.

In conventional quantum physics, the origin of zero-point energy is the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, which states that, for a moving particle such as an electron, the more precisely one measures the position, the less exact the best possible measurement of its momentum (mass times velocity), and vice versa. The least possible uncertainty of position times momentum is specified by Planck's constant, h. A parallel uncertainty exists between measurements involving time and energy (and other so-called conjugate variables in quantum mechanics). This minimum uncertainty is not due to any correctable flaws in measurement, but rather reflects an intrinsic quantum fuzziness in the very nature of energy and matter springing from the wave nature of the various quantum fields. This leads to the concept of zero-point energy.

Zero-point energy is the energy that remains when all other energy is removed from a system. This behaviour is demonstrated by, for example, liquid helium. As the temperature is lowered to absolute zero, helium remains a liquid, rather than freezing to a solid, owing to the irremovable zero-point energy of its atomic motions. (Increasing the pressure to 25 atmospheres will cause helium to freeze.)
A short explanation as the link seems to be not functioning.

Phil R (29)
Friday June 1, 2012, 7:14 pm
Thanks Kit!

"Biomass Gasification" is a chemical process and has no relation to quantum physics. :) Although gas fuels burn more efficiently and completely than liquid fuels, all combustion results in varying amounts of CO, CO2, and water vapour. The last 2 of these are greenhouse gasses. The other issue is that the production process requires heat which itself requires energy. Finally, for this to be considered a viable alternative to petroleum products, it would have to be produced in extremely large quantities.

I'd really like to see us get past burning things as a means of producing power.

Kit B (276)
Friday June 1, 2012, 7:23 pm

About 15 years ago I read an article in Discover Magazine. A guy from Texas(I think) had invented a machine, that could take trash and process it through large tubes as seen the picture, and from the heat and compression, he had gas, oil and distilled water. He tried to sell it to towns and cities, the OIL and Gas companies bought him out along the way. I would bet that Discover and other science magazines have articles about the invention.

It is physics-- just not quantum physics. I was in a rush, but no excuses.

Robert Irons (12)
Friday June 1, 2012, 8:35 pm
Very informative and refreshing information to read about!

TomCat S (129)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 9:15 am
Dang! I do the same thing to chile. :-)

. (0)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 9:45 am
An interesting article which, in honesty, I had to read a couple of times before I began to fully appreciate. Producing fuel in this way is clearly less damaging than burning other types of fuel but ....... what we need to do is to cut down the total amount of energy that we use, this would allow us to meet more of our enegy needs from totally renewable sources such as wind/wave/sun etc.

Angela N (0)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 12:32 pm
thank you =D

Janelle Wong (71)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 9:17 am

Bill Gates on energy: Innovating to zero! (click here)

Nancy M (197)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 1:16 pm
Interesting article but I have a fear of hydrogen. It is rather explosive. Personally, I'd love to see more methane production for the purposes of energy, but hey- I guess that's just me.

Phillipa W (199)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 6:35 pm
I'd like to see them up up with energy that doesn't involve destroying what forests are left I really would
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