Thermal Depolymerization, The Energy Crisis Solution

June 24, 2008 at 6:13 pm (Thermal Depolymerization (Energy Crisis solution)) (, , , , , , , , , , )

The Energy Problem If your interested in knowing more there is a video on Youtube at (

Plus I got this article from, So help me spread the word cause the Oil companies are making it very hard for this technology to be known right now. this is something that could change the world… 🙂

Energy is the life blood of modern civilization. At this moment, most energy is generated by burning fossil fuels. The production of those fuels is now at or near the maximum possible levels world wide.

The world needs an alternative source of energy. This energy-crisis is arguably the most pressing issue now facing civilization.

If sufficient energy is available the human race will enjoy an exciting, dynamic, interesting future with a high standard of living.

If not, the future will be depressing, difficult, and harsh.

World energy supplies face twin pressures. We are nearing the peak of oil production plus more people want to share the limited supply.


China’s demand for energy is accelerating as they join the mainstream world economy. There is no way oil can be used to supply 1.2 billion Chinese anything like a western standard of living. If all 6 billion people in the world demanded the same standard of living enjoyed by the 1 billion people in the west – oil production would need to be 4 or 5 times what it is now.


Fortunately there does seem to be a solution. Thermal Depolymerization (TDP) is a process which seems to be able to convert any organic material into any product now produced from oil.

Organic materials include wood, leaves, grass, food, paper, plastic, paint, cotton, synthetic fabrics, sludge from sewage, animal parts, bacteria, any carbohydrates, or hydrocarbons. These are all materials which we now send to landfill with the exception of metal, ceramics, and glass. Also included is all agricultural waste which is now burned in the fields or buried.

Products currently produced from oil include natural gas, propane, kerosene, gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, home heating oil, and lubricating oil. With further processing, plastics, paints, refrigerants, and thousands of other chemicals used in industry are produced.

So, it turns out that TDP will convert our landfill and agricultural waste into the same products which are currently produced from fossil oil. All of our existing equipment can be powered in the same way and landfill will be eliminated.

Seems too good to be true right? Wait, there’s more.

TDP is a form of solar energy. Sunlight converts H2O and CO2 into carbohydrates in living plants and also gives off Oxygen in the well know process of photosynthesis. In a completely TDP based economy the amount of CO2 produced when fuels are burned is exactly balanced by the plants grown to be used for TDP feedstock. In other words, it is a closed system, there is no net gain in CO2 levels, regardless of how much fuel we produce and burn. In fact, TDP could theoretically be used on the Moon, Mars, and maybe even to maintain a habitat during space travel to other stars.

There’s still more. The amount of energy hitting the Earth is about 5000 times more than the entire amount of energy used by all human activity. Even at a 1% solar energy efficiency rate there is the potential for many times our current energy use. With optimum use and a mature TDP technology, the Earth might comfortably support 10 times its current population at a high standard of living. There is enough biomass existing now accessible on the surface of the earth to provide 100 years of human energy use.

Even more. TDP occurs under conditions of temperature and pressure absolutely guaranteed to kill all living things including any microbe or virus. In turn, diseases such as mad cow are eliminated.

TDP energy farms can be used as a habitat for other species and as recreational space for people. TDP plants can be located near agricultural waste, landfills, and markets reducing transportation cost and risk.

TDP based energy can be produced anywhere the sun shines.

Again, it all seems to good to be true. What are we waiting for? What is the catch.

I don’t think there really is a catch.

  • TDP was invented, and the first patent was filed in the mid 90’s.
  • A bench scale proof of principle was done by Changing World Technologies (CWT) about the time of the first patent.
  • In 2000 a small scale plant was built in Phildelphia and used to test the whole range of feedstock
  • In 2003 a full scale plant was started up in Carthage, Missouri and is now (April 2004) running at full capacity
  • 5 larger plants are under construction.

Great, let’s go gas up the SUV, it seems like these guys have this thing handled.

Well Maybe but don’t get too excited yet

I think we should be sure the situation really is being handled. My feeling is that there are not too many, if any, other alternative energy ideas which might save the world. So this is extremely important to all of us. The US government has spent (some say wasted) billions of dollars on alternative energy research. None of this work has produced any usable results. The R&D under the bridge is a powerful testament to just how difficult the problem is and how unique the TDP concept may be.

99.99% of the people in the world are going to benefit from TDP. There are forces in this world which might like to see TDP delayed and controlled if not outright buried.

In addition CWT has so far been somewhat secretive.

They are not publishing the exact financial performance of the first full scale plant. The financial performance would tell us right now if TDP will work on a larger scale.

The Carthage plant is only producing 500 bpd. The US currently consumes 20 million bpd.

There has to date been no peer review. That is, I have seen no independent verification of the claims. CWT has made good, but incomplete presentations at technical conferences.

Detailed claims have been made that CWT says the Carthage plant has verified the predicted performance and is running successfully.

What I would like to see done

I want completely independent engineers, scientists, and accountants to review the operation of the Carthage plant and the results of the pilot plant in Philly. I want all the inputs and outputs identified and quantified. For example where is the 500 bpd of oil now being used? The objective is too determine if TDP can economically first supplement then replace our fossil fuel based energy supply.

If the answer is yes, then I want our government to pull out all the stops and make the conversion to TDP happen. If TDP upsets some companies and individuals, the government needs to figure out what is fair and make sure the whole country pulls in one direction.

The conversion to TDP will be the largest and most important single project every undertaken by the USA and then the world. 1000’s of plants need to be designed and built. Energy farms need to be established, and landfills need to be made to accommodate TDP. We might even want to go back and mine all the old landfills and completely reclaim them.

Anyway, this is a large scale national and international level project, bigger than the Manhattan project, Moon program, and Interstate highway system combined.

CWT and Con Ag are too small. Even all the Oil, Chemical, and Agri-business companies in the world are too small and lack the influence necessary. They are also not allowed to cooperate or even talk to each other in the way needed to make this happen. Once in place, these companies can and will run the systems.

If the world’s central bankers are planning to collapse the world economy to protect world oil supplies, please consider getting behind TDP instead.

What is TDP technically

TDP uses steam under pressure to cook and crack organic chemicals in the absence of oxygen then by manipulating temperature and pressure, assemble useful selectable hydrocarbon chains. TDP is a closed process which produces no harmful waste. About 15% of the btu content of feed stock is required to power the process. That is, a TDP plant where feedstock containing 100 btu’s went in one end and oil will come out the other. No other inputs. TDP will convert energy in a useless form to very useful oil. TDP will process wet feedstock efficiently.

Other thermal based biomass processes have been tried

Rendering not hot enough – no chemical reaction – open to the atmosphere – smells very bad. Some pathinogens actually survive rendering
Pyrolysis too high temperature and not uniform temperature
Ethanol requires too specialized feed stock – sugar the energy required to produce ethanol is more than it releases when burned. Generally considered pork
Bio – diesel specialized feed stock – just takes oil produced by plants and extracts it again many attempts none work economically. Diesels have been driven across the country on used cooking oil. Just that cooking oil costs $5 / gal or more.
Biomass used here and there. A wood heated cabin is using biomass. A saw mill which burns saw dust for heat is using biomass. Cooking on a wood stove is biomass. Just it is not done in such a way as to contribute much to world energy supplies.

The bottom line

is that if we do this, the whole world will have virtually unlimited gasoline for under $1 / gal in 2004 dollars and other energy will be priced accordingly and nobody will need to feel guilty about burning gas.

Get the word out

Once I have a 100% air tight case that TDP will work as advertised, I will lay that case out in clearest language I can muster, then initiate contacts with concerned parties in government, congress, media, industry, banking, and international organizations.


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