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Potential Diesel Demand Spike in 2019

red

stubborn Texan displaced to Utah
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#22
Testing in the US has had no focus on waste water until 2016, it's been focused on clean water. Scientists in Brazil started researching using waste water a few years ago. The growth rate of algae is absurdly fast compared to any other plant, with a yield of well over 10 times what corn makes per harvest, with a harvest every few weeks. Corn is considered marginally profitable. With bugs in the processed fuel yea that's a concern, not difficult to prevent that though with the right chemicals (same with any other biodiesel sources) and rotating through the supply quickly.

Articles I've read on it, Brazil became interested in the waste water option because most of theirs isn't treated and were looking for a cheaper way to make the fuel. The algae does grow slower in waste water than in clean, processed water with fertilizer added (what US scientists have been focused on since the 70's).
 

BIGR

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I suspect we will see an overall drop in operating speeds to conserve diesel fuels having the operator driving at peak torque of any given diesel engine.

With my current 4.10 gearing on my Cummins Burb I'd be around 55 MPH max for best results since wind drag generally starts at 45MPH.
If I were you I would install a 3:08 gear in it for maximum fuel mileage......…...:smuggrin::)
 

schiker

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Like I mentioned earlier enforcement may be an issue.

The article mentions insurance companies are going to be used to help enforce the law by not covering noncompliant ships. But again this probably is more Western-oriented vessels.

It does seem kind of penny wise and pound foolish to restrict individual vehicles emissions so tightly when large-scale ships can do so much more polluting. I assume this lopsidedness is due partially to the fact that over open ocean pollution can dissipate with less impact on human populations.

Will it lead to more foreign registry of ships and loophole chasing ???

From Wikipedia

Each merchant ship is required by international law to be registered in a registry created by a country,[3] and a ship is subject to the laws of that country, which are used also if the ship is involved in a case under admiralty law. A ship's owners may elect to register a ship in a foreign country which enables it to avoid the regulations of the owners’ country which may, for example, have stricter safety standards. They may also select a jurisdiction to reduce operating costs, bypassing laws that protect the wages and working conditions of mariners.[4] The term "flag of convenience" has been used since the 1950s. A registry which does not have a nationality or residency requirement for ship registration is often described as an open registry. Panama, for example, offers the advantages of easier registration (often online) and the ability to employ cheaper foreign labour. Furthermore the foreign owners pay no income taxes.
 
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