Anyone who has ever had to wait in line at most DMVs can attest that the government isn’t always exactly… efficient. It is full of red tape and bureaucracy and filling out form after form after form after form. Ever wonder where all of those forms go? Probably not files, not in today’s computerized world. No, they probably end up in the circular file.
Imagine if all of that paper waste could be turned into fuel? Well two vehicles, a Chevy HHR and a Ford F-150, have been converted by a company called Novozymes to use recycled waste-paper as fuel.
Novozyme partnered with Maryland-based Fiberight to produce a biofuel cocktail made from the government wastepaper. It is very appropriate that the cars would debut at the Washington Auto Show. In addition to utilizing waste paper, energy crops, agricultural residue, and municipal waste can also be transformed into fuel utilizing their process.
Is it likely we’re going to all be driving around in paper-powered cars anytime soon? Well, no. There probably isn’t enough waste paper to go around. One could also argue that the paper would be better recycled… as paper again, rather than cutting down more trees. The fuel is also E85, a blend of 85% biofuel and 15% gas. So while it greatly reduces the amount of gasoline used, it hasn’t completely eliminated it. If anything, this car is more of a statement than a full-blown solution to our future transportation needs.
But it is still pretty neat, and maybe could one day power government vehicles, if not the rest of us.