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Can a Turbine Engine Run on Bio Diesel?

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posted on Aug, 21 2004 @ 03:51 AM
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I was looking at one of the 60's era Dodge Turbines the other day and was wondering about its use of alternate fuels. My understanding is that turbines will burn just about anything that is cumbustable. The M1A2 Abrams tank burns diesel and uses a turbine. Could Bio Diesel be used in it? Could turbine powered cars burning bio diesel be a posibility to reduce fossil fuel dependance?




posted on Aug, 21 2004 @ 03:55 AM
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I'm not that sure about a turbine, but it sounds to me possible. The point though, is that you can build on engine on nearly any kind of "fuel": water, gases, oil, nearly any chemicals...

It all depends on how efficient the reaction is, and how safe it is to store the fuel or the components. Any chemical reaction that produce energy could be used as an engine, provided it is cheap enough, safe enough, small enough, and powerful enough. So dependance on fossil fuels is only dependance on the money it generates, so far...



posted on Aug, 21 2004 @ 06:28 AM
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Originally posted by FredT
I was looking at one of the 60's era Dodge Turbines the other day and was wondering about its use of alternate fuels. My understanding is that turbines will burn just about anything that is cumbustable. The M1A2 Abrams tank burns diesel and uses a turbine. Could Bio Diesel be used in it? Could turbine powered cars burning bio diesel be a posibility to reduce fossil fuel dependance?



No trubines need too much fuel to be wffective in cars. Just look at the Abrams fuel consumption and compare it to the normal diesel tanks.



posted on Aug, 21 2004 @ 07:04 AM
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Why switch to turbine driven diesel engines when there are highly efficient and powerfull normal diesel engines on the market that don't need much conversion to run on biodiesel?

6 to 8 liter per 100km in a 115 HP diesel engine is pritty normal. And thats pritty dang efficient compared to how much gas engines guzle up.



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