Payoff might be near in shift from fluff to fuel

Oct 12, 2007 | 12:17 PM | Paul Schaffer

The longtime search to find commercial value in vehicle shredder residue, or fluff, might be found in the possibility of creating liquid fuels.

The goal is "gasifying shredder waste to produce methanol, ethanol and biodiesel fuels," American Honda Motor Co. Inc., Torrance, Calif., said in its annual North American Environmental Report. "American Honda is observing a high-temperature residue treatment pilot project that was initiated by a large shredder company to produce alternative fuels."

A Honda spokesman declined to reveal the name of the project sponsor, citing company policy, even to the limited extent of clarifying whether that company is a producer or operator of shredders. Two sources familiar with shredder developments said they couldn't connect the project description with any work they are familiar with.....





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