In the News

Columbia Missourian newspaper, June 6th, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 22nd, 2006

Fleets and Fuels

Article1: May 29th,2006.
Article2: August 15th, 2005.
Article3: April 11th,2005.

KRCG 13 Online, May 23rd, 2006

WestStart-CALSTART Online, May 22nd, 2006

The Charlotte Observer Online, May 23rd, 2006

Government Innovators Network Online, Harvard University, May 22nd, 2006 Network Online, June 2nd, 2006

AgriTalk, Radio Program carried by 69 FM and AM radio stations across the U.S. (produced in St. Louis)—May 31, 2006 (mp3 file, 13 min, 7.4 MB).

KBIA 91.3 FM, Radio News Broadcast (NPR Station, Columbia, MO)—May 30, 2006 (mp3 file, 52 sec, 819 kB).

KRCG 13 TV, News Broadcast (CBS Affiliate, Jefferson City, MO)—May 22nd, 2006. Kermit Miller (News Anchor): “MU researchers have cooked up a new way to make natural gas fuel tanks. Physicists at the College of Engineering are turning corn cobs into futuristic fuel cells… this technology eventually could allow natural gas to replace gasoline at the pumps”

some day soon we could be filling our cars with natural gas instead of gasoline. Mizzou researchers are making carbon briquettes out of corn cobs…”

“… the briquettes have a microscopic network of holes that trap natural gas. These hockey-puck style fuel tanks could replace bulky metal high pressure natural gas tanks. Carbon pucks in a small container under your car would replace gasoline tanks. The refillable pucks would adsorb natural gas at filling stations.”

“…Next month, engineers in Kansas City will test these low-pressure carbon tanks on a natural-gas powered pickup truck. Automakers could soon build cars with these hockey-puck looking natural-gas tanks instead of gasoline tanks.”

Dr. Peter Pfeifer (MU Physics): “It’s cheaper than gasoline right now. It has all the hallmarks of an environmental good thing. And so, as soon as our tank is up and running and caught-on to the industry, I think everyone should be able to get such a thing.”

Mark Slavit (KRCG Reporter): “Right now, eight gallons of gasoline cost more than twenty dollars. The equivalent of eight gallons of gasoline in natural gas only costs about a buck and a half.” [Correction: the price of natural gas is about 12 dollars.]

Parag Shah (MU Graduate Student): “It is basically a sponge for a gas. It’s a sponge that can hold a lot of gas. It has a lot of nanopores into it.”

“With gasoline prices soaring out of control, these alternative fuel tanks could take the world by surprise, and it all started right here at Mizzou.”