Tuesday, July 15, 2008

From Alcohol to Fuel

Until just a years ago,Swedish customs officers used to pour alcohol confiscated from smugglers "down the drain". Now such contraband is "helping fuel the country's public transport system," says an Associated Press report from Stockholm.Nearly all the 185,000 gallons of liquor seized in 2006 was converted into biogas ,an alternative fuel, and "used to power buses,trucks and a biogas train." This fuel "is good business," explains the report, "because the material to make it is free." It is also good because using it helps reduce Sweden's greenhouse emissions.