A very interesting question:
What do we know about tail pipe emissions from the oil companies.
Imperial oil 1967 internal document
"The petroleum industry, directly or indirectly, is a major contributor to many of the key forms of pollution. "
Shell 1968 internal document
” … Small sooty particles, meanwhile, are the “real villains in health effects”
Yes they are dirty.
But has anyone done any numbers on woodgas. I would like to see that, because I think ( PURE OPINION ) that the lifecycle of the fuel from the lifecycle of the tree to the block in your hopper is cleaner than oil. I doubt anyone here would argue that…
What is left are the tail pipe emissions. Since most of the fuel is CO H2 and short chain hydrocarbons that escaped the thermal cracking the emissions should before any considerations of emissions control devices be cleaner. The Nitrogen content of the fuel gas is high so you would think the combustion chamber temperatures would be low for less NOX. What you might expect might be high CO readings from fugitive un-burned fuel. Do we emit more of the tiny soot particles that diesel and gasoline are guilty of?
Would anyone like to try and take their DOW vehicle to an emissions test centre and see exactly what comes out of the tail pipe?
That’s my question are we as clean and green as we think?
Think of the variables:
Type of fuel wood VS charcoal. Wood moister content, steam injection Hmm…
We should ask an egg head at a university to write a research paper on it.