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Bio char o locking up carbon that wont decay for

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Bio char o Locking up carbon that wont decay for thousands of years. Can make enzymes o Ie. Levi jeans would buy enzymes from a company, and use them to distress their jeans. Platform chemicals o Can be used as building blocks to build other things. o Will be an unlimited market if these specialty chemicals are designed. Highly specified products. Alcohols o Ie. Ethanols o The more carbons, the more energy and more stable typically. o Wouldn't want to use ethanols as airplane fuel because its low carbons and more unstable, so would change in the pressure at high altitudes and airplane engine would stop working and you would die. Biodiesel in the most demand o Not much production worldwide o Biodiesel market must be heavily subsidized for it to work because it doesn't have many partnering products Big question: are we going to come up with the fuel first which will change the market, or will the market shift first forcing the need for changed fuels? o In other words, will industry or products change first? In the future: Running out of sand to make concrete. Could see 100 story building made out of wood and Nano products that will be super light and super strong. 1/5 energy that goes into a comparable cement based buildings.
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Could see Synthetic wood, growing wood in a factory ie. Growing a table or chair out of one single tree. No fastening glues or screws, just one solid strong piece. Takeaways: Understanding on how these boxes work and what they need. Know the definitions of what the processes mean. Ie. What does esterification mean?
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