[Gasification] Demonstration and Training Unit

thomas reed tombreed2009 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 4 08:08:45 CDT 2014


I have been working in Biomass Energy for a few decades.  Here's a note I
wrote myself yesterday:


Human energy, mental and physical, has enabled us to rise far above our
physical limitations and to have a high standard of living compared to our
Cro-Magnon ancestors, 100.000 years ago.  (He also masterminded taking
6,000 Danish Jews to Sweden, just before the Festapo came to round them up.)

One of my specialties has long been gasification of Biomass as an
alternative to petroleum.

My grandparents enjoyed the first wave of fossil fuel energy in the form of
Producer Gas, made by partial oxidation of coal to CO, H2 and CH4.  My
early Mentor, Harry LaFontaine in Denmark, manufactured biomass gasifiers
for cars and trucks for civilians while the military frittered away all the
oil on WARS.

My Office mate at Shell Oil, M. King Hubbard, became famous in his last
years for predicting PEAK OIL in the US to occur around year 2000, based on
the drilled holes per year vs producing wells per year.

If this had occurred, the cost of gasoline/diesel would be rising rapidly.

 INSTEAD, the cost of gas/diesel may be dropping, but much of current cost
in the US is determined by taxes, infrastructure etc, not the real cost of
finding and producing the oil, which is probably less than $1/bbl (44gal),


INSTEAD, Hydraulic FRACKING has emerged to increase supplies of oil. and
gas.  Previous extraction relied on drilling a vertical hole into a
horizontal oil strata, and collecting as much oil as could flow naturally
to the center.

FRACKING depends on horizontal drilling at the bottom of old wells,
followed by pressurized injection of materials  that prop up the oil
bearing strata, allowing old oil to flow freely to the old wells and new
wells.  This technology could more than double the age of oil.

Gasification can't compete for the foreseeable future.  The world will be
bathed in cheap oil and gas for the next century!  I give up on

WoodGas stoves are still a possible option in deepest Africa.  Dean Still
is taking care of that!



Tom Reed

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, Steven Barber (RIT Student) <stb4703 at rit.edu>

> Hi Tom,
> I've been doing some research on the price of commodities for several
> years now. Since global producers of oil can quickly ramp up (or down)
> production to meet any level of current demand, we can essentially take out
> supply and demand out of the equation (except for the very short term
> refinery explosion, Nigerian coup, etc.). Since oil is priced in dollars,
> the relative value of the dollar itself determines the price of oil. More
> value, less dollars needed to buy, less value, more dollars needed to buy.
> For stable oil prices, we simply need a steady or slightly increasing value
> of the dollar.
> Regards,
> -Steve
> On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 9:41 PM, thomas reed <tombreed2009 at gmail.com<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','tombreed2009 at gmail.com');>
> > wrote:
>> Long term, I believe that FRACKING will make oil prices stable, so don't
>> count on oil increasing in price.
>> Tom Reed
> --
> Steven T. Barber
> MS Finance '12
> PhD Sustainability Student
> Golisano Institute for Sustainability
> Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
> 585-582-1574 - Office
> 585-370-8598 - Cell


Dr. Thomas B. Reed
The Biomass Energy Foundation
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