Hemp can produce cleaning burning charcoal, pyrolytic oil, gas or methanol production with a 95.5% fuel to feed efficiency. This biomass has a 5000-8000 BTU/lb heating value with virtually no ash or sulfur produced during combustion.
Back in the early 1900’s some green industrialists wanted to use alternatives to the newly developed fossil fuel (coal oil and natural gas etc) By replacing them with biomass converted to methane, methanol or gasoline
If this had happened we would have avoided, acid rain, sulfur based smog and may have avoided the green house effect.
Hemp (and other biomass from agricultural production) can be converted through pyrolysis (charoalising) or biochemical composting/Digestion into fuels like methanol, which can then be converted to high octane lead free fuel using a catalytic process.
During the manufacture of bio-fuel other chemical feedstocks are created:
- Bio fuel oil
- Gases, acetic acid, acetone and methanol
- Lightning oil
It should be noted that there are plenty of higher value uses for hemp at the moment. With economies of scale the hemp industry byproduct may help make the economics of transporting and producing bio-fuel work.