HempFuel: Using Cannabis Seeds and Hemp Fibers for making BioFuel and Biodegradable Plastics

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In 1941 Henry Ford introduced the first automobile that ran off BioDiesel and was made using 70% cannabis-hemp plastics and cannabis-hemp based materials in the body molds of the car. It was designed to run on vegetable oils, including cannabis seed oil, most commonly referred to as BioDiesel or BioFuel. He proved the strength of his creation to the world in a video of himself wielding a hammer at the car, to show how strong cannabis-hemp fibers were. However, Mr. Ford’s progress in this direction was halted due to the “Marijuana” Tax Act of 1937.

Cannabis seed and Hemp offers us a more natural choice for a viable eco-friendly alternative fuel source and should be called HempFuel or CannaFuel. It has more biomass potential than crops such as sugarcane and corn and it grows more quickly because it photosynthesizes faster. In four months cannabis can create 10 tons of biomass per acre. Every acre of cannabis has the potential to yield roughly 1,000 gallons of methanol.

Why HempFuel or CannaFuel?

  • Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel that runs in any conventional, unmodified diesel engine. It can be stored anywhere that petroleum diesel fuel is stored.
  • Biodiesel is safe to handle and transport because it is as biodegradable as sugar, 10 times less toxic than table salt, and has a high flashpoint of about 300 F compared to petroleum diesel fuel, which has a flash point of 125 F.
  • Biodiesel can be made from domestically produced, cannabis seeds.
  • Biodiesel has proven to be a viable alternative fuel source with over 30 million successful US road miles, and over 20 years of use in Europe.
  • When burned in a diesel engine, biodiesel replaces the exhaust odor of petroleum diesel with the pleasant smell of Cannabis, Popcorn, or French fries.
  • Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel in the US to complete EPA Tier I Health Effects Testing under section 211(b) of the Clean Air Act, which provide the most thorough inventory of environmental and human health effects attributes that current technology will allow.
  • Biodiesel is 11% oxygen by weight and contains no sulfur. The use of biodiesel can extend the life of diesel engines because it is more lubricating than petroleum diesel fuel, while fuel consumption, auto ignition, power output, and engine torque are relatively unaffected by biodiesel.
  • The Congressional Budget Office, Department of Defense, US Department of Agriculture, and others have determined that biodiesel is the low cost alternative fuel option for fleets to meet requirements of the Energy Policy Act.
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