Finally a use for those pesky plants.
Seriously though sequester some of that carbon! I like it.
wasn't Henry Ford's first Model-T made out of hemp?
> There’s a trend underway of scientists making petroleum products from plants instead. Petroleum is, after all, made from prehistoric plants that were buried and subjected to intense heat and pressure for millions of years. Researchers are trying to cut out the middleman — deriving needed chemicals directly from plants, reducing our dependence on oil.
About time when we start researching on this. It will not only decrease the oil consumption but allow the use of carbon fiber or any other related material on a larger scale.
what if we could get the plants to use carbon fiber in their cell walls somehow, then get super strong wood with carbon fiber reinforcement. imagine building a space elevator cable with carbon fiber reinforced Bamboo!
They're just cutting out the middleman, millions of years...
great update. i saw potato sacks (that could hold 12 potatoes) made from potatos at a walmart.
My Ochem professor came back from a conference this last semester and told our class about this process, irrc its a type of polymerization using cyanide (carbon bonded to nitrogen). He mentioned that this was the most groundbreaking thing he had learned all year!
I think companies that produces plastics and other products around the globe have to start creating processes where they can create the same compounds without petroleum. It is time to reduce the dependence on that shit.