DIY Car Runs on Garbage
Instructables has an incredible do-it-yourself project that shows the step by step instructions to modify a car to run on garbage. Using a process called gasification, which uses heat to transform solid biomass into a natural gas like fuel, this homemade engine runs on nearly anything. Wood, food scraps, leaves – pretty much any kind of solid, dry organic matter you can get your hands on will make this car go. Equally surprising is the fact that gasification has been in use for quite a long time.
Did you know that over one million vehicles in Europe ran onboard gasifiers during WWII to make fuel from wood and charcoal, as gasoline and diesel were rationed or otherwise unavailable? Long before there was biodiesel and ethanol, we actually succeeded in a large-scale, alternative fuels redeployment– and one which curiously used only cellulosic biomass, not the oil and sugar based biofuel sources which famously compete with food.
This redeployment was made possible by the gasification of waste biomass, using simple gasifiers about as complex as a traditional wood stove. These small-scale gasifiers are easily reproduced (and improved) today by DIY enthusiasts using simple hammer and wrench technology.