Fill up your diesel with tree sap

The Brazilian Copaifera langsdorfii can be tapped (ala maple syrup) for a natural diesel fuel that requires only simple filtering before being poured into a truck. The catch? The diesel only has a shelf-life of about 3 months.

Ranches and farms in areas where the tree grows might well be able to provide most of their diesel fuel. The article says one acre of trees can output 25 barrels per year, which is roughly 1050 gallons. If they can tap it like maple syrup is done now, with long lines of hoses flowing to a central location rather than individual buckets on a tree, then it should be cost-effective too.

This would be similar to what sugar cane plantations in Hawaii are doing, using the leftovers from cane processing to create biofuel to run their tractors and trucks.

One comment

  1. I think we should do our best to bring this idea into action!! I am in the Geography Club in my school and we are doing everything we can to stop Climate Change!! Forget about profit for now!! Just try to save our World!! My God! The world isn’t all about money!!! Just think about your life!!!! And if you think “Well, it’s in the future so I won’t worry” it’s not in the future!! It’s now!!! The world’s warming up now, and as much as I hate to say it we are at risk NOW of flooding etc. PLEASE HELP!!!!

    🙂 Thank You.
    Emily (12)
    (( Yes I’m a teenager who cares!! ))

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