Response to jeff47 (Reply #17)
Sun Nov 4, 2012, 01:10 AM
krispos42 (47,207 posts)
21. My concept is that each plant starts out small...
...as benefits an emerging technology. The plant is built near a wind farm, and draws power directly from that.
Maybe they build a gas station right on the property to promote their product. Owned by the same company that runs the plant.
Anyway, the low-production first plant would produce gasoline and store it. When it produced enough for a tanker truck, the truck would transport the fuel to area gas stations, if their contracts would allow it. If not, hey, attached gas station right there. Simply lower the prices until people are driving miles out of their way to buy cheap gas.
As the technology scales up, subsequent plants would be built. Maybe new ones would make a tanker of gas a day, instead of a tanker of gas a week. More plant-owned gas stations are built; maybe a few independently-owned local stations dump their fossil-fuel provider and go with eco-gas instead.
Eventually, you reach the point where wind farms are being made simply to power large conversion plants that produce more gasoline then can be produced locally. At which point you start building pipelines.
Alternately, you can miniaturize the technology such that a gas station actually produces the fuel it sells. Instead of a c-store and a 4-bay garage, you'd have a pile of equipment wired to the grid that makes, say, 2,000 gallons a day or whatever.
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