Converting Farm Waste to Fuel Makes for “Greener” Pastures

Don’t let those fields of green confuse you – most farming isn’t environmentally friendly. From animal waste to pesticides and fertilizers to plastic trash, farms take their toll on Mother Earth. But some companies are looking to help farms clean up – and green up – their act.

Plastics Create Oil With Energy to Spare

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – America’s quest to reduce its fuel consumption and dependence on foreign oil may lead it to look for energy sources in new places — like the bottom of a trash barrel.

JBI, Inc. (OTCBB:JBII), a global technology company, has developed a process, called Plastic2Oil (P2O), that converts raw, unwashed, unsorted plastic waste into a fuel similar to biofuel. In April 2010, an independent laboratory, Islechem, validated the P2O process through extensive chemical, analytical and process engineering testing.

Islechem tested the process over 40 times using multicolored, mixed plastics. The laboratory determined that the P20 process is repeatable and can be done on a large scale. Approximately 85 to 90 percent of the hydrocarbon composition in the feedstock is converted into a “near diesel” fuel, while about 8 percent is converted to a usable off gas much like natural gas. In addition, only 1 percent of the plastic becomes residue, and that residue does not contain any highly toxic elements and is safe for landfill disposal. Even better, more energy is produced than consumed by the process. Early data suggest that the process creates twice as much energy as it uses.

“It takes energy to produce energy. The key is to get more energy from the final product than it takes to make it,” said JBI, Inc. CEO John Bordynuik. “Our process has a high positive energy balance of 2.0, while gasoline from crude has a negative energy balance of 0.81.”

The fuel produced by the P20 process has another major advantage over gasoline from crude oil — its production, including labor, costs only about $10 a barrel.

Gasoline from crude oil uses more energy than it produces and currently costs between $75 and $85 a barrel — and yet gasoline companies yield high profits. A process like P20 could revolutionize the market by creating high-quality fuel at much lower costs, while also helping to reduce the amount of plastic that becomes pollution or ends up in landfills.

JBI, Inc. is currently in talks to create P20 processing facilities in Europe, Florida, New York, California, Colorado, Wisconsin, Georgia and Ohio. The company is also looking for waste disposal or recycling companies, and people with under-utilized facilities to convert into P2O factories. For more information, visit www.plastic2oil.com or www.jbiglobal.com.

Camping? Make Sure to Travel a Well-Lit Path

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Whether your escape to nature involves a day of hiking, tenting overnight or RVing, a little planning will go a long way in making your experience enjoyable.

You know, of course, to bring graham crackers and marshmallows, but your light source can make or break your trip.

Most of us are used to seeing streetlights and headlights at night — it’s easy to forget how dark it gets in the woods. Every camper should carry a flashlight. You will also need a larger light that provides enough illumination to work by. Most people associate propane lanterns with the great outdoors, but these lanterns aren’t necessarily the best option. Propane lanterns can be noisy and cannot be used in tents or campers, and you will need to pack and carry fuel. Because propane lanterns produce heat, they are a burn hazard.

LED worklights provide a safer and easier option. One light, the Might-D-Light (www.might-d-light.com), proves especially useful, as its hinge can be moved to create either a large spray of light or directional lighting for close work. The Might-D-Light, which can attach to most metal surfaces with its rare earth magnets, hang from a hook or stand upright, is hands-free, so you can use it while performing tasks that require both hands, such as setting up a tent after dark or striking matches. The Might-D-Light can be recharged with an AC/DC adapter, so as long as you drive to your campsite, you won’t have to carry batteries or fuel.

How can the Might-D-Light make your trip more enjoyable? It lends itself to a variety of situations, including:

* Any activity that takes place in your tent or camper. Need to grab a sweater from your pack? With the Might-D-Lite, you won’t have to fumble with a flashlight or create a potential fire hazard by taking your propane lamp indoors.

* Playing games. Unless you plan on going to bed as soon as the sun sets, you’ll want to bring games to play after dark. With a hands-free folding light, you’ll have no trouble dealing cards or besting everyone at slapjack.

* Keeping cool. LED lights don’t emit heat, so using the Might-D-Lite won’t create a sweltering campsite.

* Hiking. The Might-D-Light folds for compact storage and is far more durable than a propane lantern, making it ideal for backcountry trips.

* Around pets and children. With an LED light, you don’t have to worry about spilled fuel or burns.

Technology Expert Uncovers Plastic-to-Oil Process

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – You might have heard about the “green technology” that will change the future, but John Bordynuik is developing that technology — including a process that turns plastic waste into fuel.

Bordynuik, an environmentalist and acknowledged technology expert, has always focused on designing more efficient technologies. In improving processors and circuits in his clients’ products as part of his data-recovery business, Bordynuik shunned ready-made parts for custom-built components knowing that an assembled product wouldn’t work as well — or as inexpensively — as something built from the ground up.

Now as the CEO and President of the global technology company John Bordynuik, Inc. (JBI), Bordynuik applies that same perfectionist approach to new technologies. While going through his research archive, Bordynuik uncovered information about Plastic to Oil (P2O), a process that might turn out to be the most important technological development in recent memory. Originally developed when oil prices were low, the research regarding P2O was simply shoved aside. But times have changed — when Bordynuik rediscovered the research, he knew he had hit a home run.

The P2O machine “can process about 20 metric tons of mixed plastics every day,” said Bordynuik. “That works out to about 125 barrels a day.”

In a large batch continuous-feed processor, the technology can extract one liter of oil from a kilogram of plastic, turning raw unwashed, mixed plastics into fuel. The process itself also proves “green” — in emitting a gas byproduct, the process also creates its own fuel. Plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic toys and tires — waste products known to fill up landfills — all become a renewable energy similar to biofuel.

JBI, which trades on the OTC market with the stock symbol JBII, is looking for people with manufacturing and farming facilities not running at full capacity to convert into P2O factories. Americans allowing P2O factories to run on their property will receive enough extra fuel from the P2O process to run their household or any onsite business operations. As P2O launches in 2010, JBI, Inc. hopes to establish 2,500 P2O sites in five or six years.

The company certainly won’t struggle to find waste plastic — Americans generate over 16 million tons of plastic each year.

For additional information, visit www.plastic2oil.com, www.jbiglobal.com or www.johnbordynuik.com.

Greener Pastures: P2O Plants Convert Farm Waste to Fuel

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Don’t let those fields of green confuse you — most farming isn’t environmentally friendly. From animal waste to pesticides and fertilizers to plastic trash, farms take their toll on Mother Earth. But some companies are looking to help farms clean up — and green up — their act.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the total amount of plastics in municipal solid waste in the U.S. was almost 31 million tons, or 12.1 percent of total municipal solid waste generation in 2007. Farms are a major contributor. Farms use plastic barrels and silage bags, many of which end up in landfills. The greenhouse sector, while often considered a clean industry, uses plastic in the form of nursery pots, plastic trays and polyethylene film. Some growers are looking to biodegradable plastic alternatives, such as peat moss or coconut, bamboo, rice, straw or corn fibers. But none of the available alternatives completely solve the problem — some materials are visually unattractive, while others are prone to cracking or mold growth. And many come in plastic packaging.

Farmers can do one of three things with their used plastic. They can reuse it, though most do not, due to health concerns. Farmers can also recycle some of their plastic, but collecting and transporting the plastic to a recycling center can prove problematic. And now, farmers can turn their agricultural waste plastic into fuel.

JBI Inc., a global technology company trading on the OTC market with the stock symbol JBII, has developed a way to break down plastic molecules into an oil similar to diesel fuel. The process, called Plastic 2 Oil (P2O), extracts about a liter of oil for each kilogram of plastic processed, and each P2O facility will be able to process up to 20 tons of scrap plastic per day. Even better, a gas byproduct created by the P2O process provides all of the energy needed to convert plastics into oil, eliminating energy costs.

JBI is looking for people with manufacturing and farming facilities not running at full capacity to convert into P2O factories. Americans allowing P2O factories to run on their property will receive enough extra fuel from the P2O process to run their household or any on-site business operations.

For additional information, visit www.plastic2oil.com, www.jbiglobal.com or www.johnbordynuik.com.

Tips for Cold Weather Driving

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – The experts at the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) remind motorists that getting their vehicles serviced for cold-weather driving should be high on their list of things to do during autumn’s milder weather. Breakdowns in winter storms can be deadly.

“Pay particular attention to engine performance problems such as hard starts, rough idling, stalling, or diminished power,” notes Martin Lawson, ASE’s editorial director. “Cold weather will make existing problems worse.” Other tips from ASE:

* Read your owner’s manual, and follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules.

* Replace dirty filters such as air, fuel and PCV. Change the oil and oil filter as specified in your manual.

* The cooling system should be flushed and refilled as recommended. The level, condition and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled.) A certified auto technician should check the tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps and hoses.

* The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment, but backyarders can perform routine care such as scraping corrosion from posts and cable connections. (Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.)

* Worn tires will be of little use in winter weather. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressure once a month. Let the tires “cool down” before checking the pressure. Rotate as recommended. Don’t forget your spare, and be sure the jack is in good condition.

* Put a bottle of fuel de-icer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line.

ASE was founded in 1972 to improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive professionals. ASE-certified technicians wear blue and white ASE shoulder insignia and carry credentials listing their exact area(s) of certification, while their employers display the blue and white ASE sign. They can be found at all types of repair facilities from dealerships to independent garages and franchises. Visit www.ase.com for more information.

Looking to Truckers for Gas-Saving Tips

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – High gas prices affect every business, but trucking companies especially feel the hit.

As diesel prices rise, truckers spend big bucks on shipments. Companies feel reluctant to pass extra costs on to consumers, so higher gas prices tend to cut into truckers’ profits. But many shipping companies and owner-drivers are taking steps to make big-rig transportation less expensive.

The tips that truckers use can help anyone save fuel -; and money -; whether they drive an eighteen-wheeler or a Mini Cooper. The folks at North South Leasing Company (www.nsleasing.com), a company that leases and sells trucks to businesses and individuals, offer these tips to drivers looking to save money on the roads:

– Don’t idle. Running your engine while your car is stopped wastes gas -; you get zero miles per gallon. Trucking companies are putting in policies to prohibit drivers from idling their trucks unless it is absolutely necessary. You should do the same.

– Maintain your car. Truckers constantly fine-tune their rigs. Likewise, car owners can improve their fuel efficiency by taking their vehicles to the shop at least four times annually, or whenever the seasons change. Making sure that filters remain unclogged and that engine components work properly can boost efficiency, so vehicles will use less fuel.

– Properly inflate your tires. Low tires reduce fuel efficiency, so make sure that your tires’ air pressure levels meet their manufacturer’s recommendations. Keeping your tires properly inflated at all times can save you well over 100 gallons of gas per year.

– Don’t drive aggressively. Aggressive behavior, like taking sharp turns and making sudden starts and stops, does not just risks lives -; it also reduces fuel economy. Try easing into stops and coasting down hills to reduce fuel usage and to reduce wear and tear on vehicle components.

– Drive the speed limit. Most cars lose efficiency when they exceed speeds of 65 miles per hour. Con-way Freight of Ann Arbor, Mich., has lowered the top speed of its fleet of 8,400 trucks from 65 mph to 62 mph. It may seem like a small amount, but it saves approximately 3.2 million gallons of fuel a year and about $1.2 million in fuel costs each month for the company.

For more information, visit www.nsleasing.com.