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1 Jun 15 2011 @ 2:19pm by Matt Smith in Biofuels, Global Energy, Random

When Fruit and Energyworld™ Collide

As you well know, I believe that everything is interconnected – commodities, currencies, bonds, equities, etc….so my recent whirl through ‘The Big Apple’ set me off on a tangent about… and fruit.  So here are ten ways in which the two doth intermingle: 

1) Banana power! Yes, the noble banana is being used to produce ethanol. It is also a nifty acronym in the energy world: B.A.N.A.N.A.

2) Grapes. After the Royal Wedding, William drove Kate around Buckingham Palace in a wine-powered car, borrowed from his dad (it gets 10 miles per 4.5 bottles, by the way).

3) Hybrid. A name given to a vehicle which uses two (or more) power sources, or the marriage of two fruits, such as Tangelos, Orangelos, Plumcots or Apriums.  

4) An old favorite here on the burrito – the lemon-powered alarm clock.

5) Dehydration – the drying of fruit products – is the most common industrial use of geothermal energy. Random but true.

6) This is really, really cool. Scientists in Brazil have developed a way to use the skin from fruit to make strong, lightweight plastic for car parts.

7) Back to wine, or Vin as they call it in France. VIN is an acronym for Vehicle identification number (VIN), which is used to help match vehicles to the EPA certification file for calculating MPGs. Yep, that sentence was acronymtastic.

8) As nutty as it seems, a well-researched source for biodiesel is coconut oil, with colleges such as BYU and the University of Central Florida studying its viability. 

9) To go with the lemon-powered alarm clock….the tomato-powered table lamp!

10) Finally, the fruit that spurred this random turn(over) – the apple. The largest tech company in the world – Apple – says 46% of its carbon footprint comes from the use of its products, while 45% comes from the manufacturing of them. Apple has a carbon footprint of 9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide – similar to that of Honduras.

Thanks for playing – keep it fruity!

1 Comment on this post:

  1. Juan Valdez says:

    why do you shun the coffe bean?

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