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Video: Could the Next Big ‘Green’ Car Be Made from Hemp?


Hey man, hemp is, like, really useful and stuff. Ok, outside of the advocate at your local head shop, there have been many reports on the uses of hemp. They include rope, and it is even used as a powder for protein shakes, but this is one use we have not heard yet– a car made completely from hemp.

In an effort to be the halo car of the stoner world, Calgary-based Motive Industries INC has created the Kestrel; an electric car made from hemp. The Canadian government is supporting the hemp industry and encouraging new uses for the substance, in addition to the more than 50,000 uses that already exist.

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It could also fuel that green car and every other vehicle

1) The U.S. used an estimated 70 billion gallons of diesel in 2010

2) 194 million acres of USDA “debt” subsidized, currently unfarmed land would produce 300 gallons of raw hemp seed oil per acre twice per year. (600 gallons) This would create 116,400,000,000 gallons of pure hemp seed oil.

3). One tenth of that biomass material could render around 190 billion gallons of ethanol.

4). Take 15% of that, or (28,500,000,000 gallons) of that ethanol and add it to the 116 billion gallons of base oil and you get a total of 144,550,000,000 gallons of bio-diesel.

5). Clearly, 144.5 billion gallons of bio-diesel far exceeds any amount of diesel needed for the production of farming and all processing fuel requirements.

6). With that much fuel left over, it would be an incentive to convert millions of personal vehicles to bio-Diesel here in the U.S. This would be an all around beneficial and inexpensive carbon neutral fuel. (When you consider that the 2013 Honda diesel civic gets 78 mpg, it becomes blatantly obvious that we should be doing this)

Although I do not claim to possess an exact formulation, (nor can anyone find one on the internet), my research indicates that it works out to be something like this:

• One liter of hemp seed oil
• 150 ml of ethanol
• 7 grams of Potassium Hydroxide
• A few other adjuncts
• A rendering process

For the larger scale of all liquid fuels

1). The U.S. Used 171,435,483,000 gallons of petroleum-based fuel in 2010

2). Using industrial hemp, we can produce 144,500,000,000 gallons of non-toxic hemp seed biodiesel by utilizing the currently idle, and tax debt subsidized, 194 million acres.

3). Clearly, we would still have a deficit of 26,935,483,000 gallons of liquid fuel.
So how could we fill that gap? Simplicity itself

4). The average gasoline powered car on the road gets an average of 20 mpg

5). There are an estimated 125 million vehicles on the road that are classified as cars

6). The average miles driven is estimated at 15,000 per year

7). At 20 miles per gallon, that is 750 gallons per car. This means they use a total of 93,750,000,000 gallons of gasoline per year

8). If we were allowed to replace the average gasoline motor with the new diesel technology that renders higher mileage to say an average of even 40 mpg, we could reduce the number of gallons of fuel by 50% to 46,875,000,000

9). This reduces the total gallons used to 124,560,483,000 instead of 171,435,483,000

10). This means that the 194 million acres alone could produce more than enough fuel by itself to allow an end to toxic ground petroleum in the U.S.

Now, replace the 6 million+ acres currently used for corn ethanol with hemp and you get all the omega 3 rich seed for a protein rich feed stock and other uses. (Not to mention all the potential fiber and biomass for every known product and plastic we consume)

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such as the reference to the study published in the Notre Dame University journal about how a strain of the cannabis sativa known as wild hemp here in the USA is capable of producing roughly 8,500 pounds of seed per acre. That will make around 300 gallons per acre)

Here are a couple...

of pretty good links for making your own biodiesel and the exact formulas that they use.

This is from Chemistry About.com
These are exact directions and amounts

This one has the amounts for both KOH and NaOH

This last one has pretty good pics to go with it

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I'll check them out.

They invented this years ago.

It's called "Fiber Weed". They made a van out of it but the exhaust heated the quarter panel causing it to smoke which so happened to asphyxiate a dog. It ended up catching fire outside a concert hall but no one present was seriously injured.