Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Killingly man runs truck on wood, leaves

From the Norwich Bulletin:

A Killingly man has spent the last few years resurrecting and modifying a 130-year-old technology that allows him to run a 4,000-pound truck on wood, leaves and trash.

Five years ago, Dave Nichols, fed up with the rising cost of fuel and wood waste disposal and concerned with the amount of emissions produced by traditional gas-powered vehicles, began constructing a biomass gasification system for his 1989 Ford F150 pickup truck.

“I got the idea after leafing through a couple of old books that mentioned this type of system being used to power gas lamps in the 1870s,” said Nichols, 42. “Then, except for a brief period during World War II, the technology disappeared.”

It disappeared, he said, because car and fuel companies concluded they could not reap substantial profits from vehicles that ran on a free fuel source.
rest of the article
CT Environmental Headlines

The above headline reminded Wharf Rat of this book.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference!
by Lynne Truss

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