Clean Fuels at a Glance

  • • Higher Mixed Alcohols
  • • Methanol
  • • Grain Ethanol
  • • Cellulosic Ethanol
  • • Synthetic Ethanol
  • • Biodiesel
  • • Butanol
  • • Dimethyl Ether (DME)
Synthetic gasoline? Syndiesel from coal? Oil-based fuels from algae, grasses or waste grease? Single alcohols like ethanol? What about higher mixed alcohol fuel?

Which fuel is the best and why?

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Fuel For Thought

There is no energy crisis, only a crisis of ignorance."

- Buckminister Fuller

Somebody needed to do something, and it was incredibly pathetic that it had to be us.

- Jerry Garcia

We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities.

- Walt Kelly

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.

-Richard Feynman

More Fuel For Thought

The Green Fuel Prescription

At Risk: Economy, Environment
Disease: Fossil Fuel Dependency
Symptoms: Pollution, Oil Sheiks
Cure: Higher Mixed Alcohol Fuel
Dosage: Continuous 24/7
Contraindications: None
Manufacturer: Bioroot Energy, LLC

How Big We Talking?

How big is the clean fuel production opportunity we are turning on? Let’s just say it’s large.  Big Bang large.  We encourage you to learn about the mixed alcohol chemistry set, the fuel, the patents, and the synthesis process technology, and compare it to the underperforming processes of today’s biofuel contenders very carefully.  And don’t forget to look at what’s in your local landfill, or the overgrown, unhealthy beetle-kill trees in the forests if you live in the Rockies.

With time and a little study you’ll begin to understand how big this clean fuel opportunity is. Or do like most people are going to do:  refuse to believe any claims until the fuel actually gets produced and you can buy and use it.

For 10 years E4™ ENVIROLENE® has been a sleeper. A dark horse in the biofuels race. But with the current leaders in the biofuels race growing tired, it’s poised to move up fast on the inside.  It’s got legs. The ability to convert ANY carbon value into clean, powerful, market-ready fuel, whether derived from trash, biomass, sewer  sludge, toxic and hazardous wastes, tires, coal, petroleum coke, methane or CO2 is a clear advantage.

No other fuel or fuel production technology can do this.

What about Methanol? Nope, not powerful enough.  Cellulosic ethanol? Nope, not scalable enough.  Algae, nope.  Corn ethanol? Uh, definitely not, we need the food grains.  Biodiesel from waste greases and fats? Won’t scale either, and like corn ethanol requires a subsidy to produce.  Fischer-Tropsch syndiesel from coal? Definitely not competitive, and it’s a float-on-water oil so it’s inherently dirty.

No other company’s fuel method converts any solid, liquid or gaseous carbon to clean higher mixed alcohol fuel that is:

  • Water soluble, coal soluble, and biodegradable
  • EPA registration approved for blending and use in gasoline and diesel engines in all 50 states
  • 138 octane rating
  • Cleanly produced at near zero process emissions
  • Made near you by your neighbors
  • Profitable without government subsidies
  • Environmentally responsible
  • Made from solid and liquid carbon wastes, biomass, coal, methane and CO2

When is E4™ ENVIROLENE® going to be produced and for sale? Within 24-36 months of funding our first project.

Soon enough for you? You’ve been waiting for a game changer, America. well here it is.

Help us light the fuse on this renewable fuel racehorse.

American “Exceptionalism”

There’s a recurring theme we experience when presenting information about  our clean fuel, its world-scale economics, and its environmental benefits.  It’s what happens at the end when we ask for something in return:  Everyone else in America except the person we’re asking should provide some support first.

We get this “opt-out” behavior in nearly every interaction we have, whether in person, on the phone, online, or in response to our business case containing our specific corporate development and project funding requests. With close friends and family, Facebook acquaintances, and boatloads of strangers, with high-rollers and low ballers, it doesn’t seem to matter what class or level of education people have.

It’s easier, at the end of the day, to pass the ball to someone else than it is to carry it. That is unless your life depends on carrying it!

People seem to understand quite a bit of what we’re saying. But not enough yet for it to consistently drop their jaws to let out a wow, and then offer a scintilla of support to turn it on as quickly as humanly possible.

Nope, it’s like we’re here solely for people’s entertainment with the greatest story not yet sold. And so far that’s about it.

Almost to a person, each “excerpted” themself from being in a position to do anything. We’ve heard millionaires and billionaires, upscale types and hundreds of regular working people, friends, family, and even our fair share of hobos generate more or less the same response, but each with their particular brand of spin. “They aren’t in a position.” So nobody in America seems to be in a position to do anything other than whine about how bad things are getting.

This freedom called American “exceptionalism” is the root problem.  Nobody’s going to get this done except you. And me. Us.

We are here to get it done.

It’s underlined because it’s true.

Nearly to a person, each person or group of persons listens closely to our information on this fascinating project intently, often for incredibly long periods of time, and with extensive Q/A sessions that sometimes play out over months and years of interrogatory.  We turn ourselves inside out to be understood, and to earn trust.

But the bad part for our company and overworked staff is, in the end almost all the people we reach out to, just like you, dear reader, find a way to remain uninvolved in any way, shape or form despite the education and obvious economic and environmental opportunities.  It’s like pulling wisdom teeth to get an endorsement from someone who could be you or your circle of friends and acquaintances, for example.  Much less a donation, or eeek! an investment? Invest in a punk startup with techno that sounds too good to be true? Oh, that’s totally dangerous!

The only thing more dangerous is seeing yourself as the “exception” who can afford to stay on the sidelines of our story.  The one who is so blessed that they have no need to lift a finger to change the fossil fuel energy paradigm from a sick business to a healthy business.

You surely want a better world. But let’s be honest here, if you don’t care to even invest a minute or two to see it through by providing some measure of support for this incredible technology that will be 6-12 times more profitable than refining float on water oil into gasoline, how deep is this desire of yours, really? Be honest, and take all the time you need.

If you’re like most people we’ve talked with so far, your desire for a better world is about as deep as your understanding of what we’re doing. As in not quite deep enough.  If you don’t see value worth supporting, we encourage you to start over by reading about our clean fuel, or ask us questions, and then find yourself in this opportunity and its success. Because we will be successful. And whether you see yourself in our story or not, you’re in it.

Look closer and you’ll see.

It’s our promise to you. And Uncle Sam.

We’re Still #1?

Well at least the USA was tops in oil consumption as of 2007.  China’s coming up fast and so is India.

Source: Nationmaster

This distinction as the world’s largest user of the world’s dirtiest fuel isn’t something to be proud of, it’s the source of our country’s greatest weakness.  Unless you own an oil company or an oil well.

Open Letter to Governor Schweitzer


Montana governor Brain Schweitzer says he wants to meet with Washington state officials about opposition to a Columbia River port that would ship coal mined in Montana and Wyoming to Asia.  Here’s the full article.

We left the following letter as a comment to the article:

It is easy to blame environmentalists, but this news is really about the failure to invest and innovate here in Montana. There is a new clean-coal solution which is ready to go, but the state of Montana, the purported “Saudi Arabia” of coal, isn’t interested just yet. Frankly, the powers that be don’t fully understand our water-soluble, biodegradable higher mixed alcohol fuel with an amazing 138 octane rating. Nor does the Governor or his staffers understand how this new clean fuel can beneficiate, clean and then pipeline-slurry ground coal to regional or international markets via tanker ships.

When combusted with coal, this patented higher mixed alcohol dramatically improves coal’s combustion efficiency, just as it does blended with gasoline, jet fuel or diesel. Benefits include recycling the CO2 and other GHGs from coal-fired power plant smokestacks and steam reform these gaseous pollutants into still more of this patented, EPA-registered and approved oxygenate fuel. Best of all, no engine modifications are required to use this biodegradable fuel at the current 10.25 percent oxygenate additive blending mandate in any ICE from locomotives (MRL), jets, cars and trucks, to ocean going freighters! Power plant quick-fixes are a whole different arena yet just as applicable.

Our solution is new and patented innovation in the real world. Via a closed-loop 24/7 thermal production process, a far superior fuel to corn ethanol with 20% more BTUs is produced. This new fuel synthesis process using society’s garbage, biomass, sewer sludge, coal, tires, methane and/or CO2 greenhouse gas as elemental feedstocks (nothing to plant, fertilize, water, weed or harvest) instead creates skilled Montana jobs, nets far lower vehicle tailpipe and smokestack emissions, and lays the groundwork for a full circle of economic value and environmental responsibility in Montana for utilizing proven cleaner coal methods within the state’s borders.

Governor Schweitzer is aware of what we’ve described here, but, since it is tecnology “not being commercialized into clean fuels by a major oil company,” his 2nd floor hallway of advisors aren’t interested. Yet.

Looking for a free pass to export coal to China is perhaps the only viable tactic by Governor Schweitzer to buy time until he leaves office and our state’s energy issues become the next administration’s problem, because Brian’s vaunted plans for producing float-on-water synthetic diesel from 9 billion tons of coal on the Crow Indian reservation seem to have hit a brick wall.

It has been 28 months since our Governor proudly endorsed an $8-billion Aussie CTL development lease of Crow Indian Coal to begin a coal-to-liquid fuels project designed to produce expensive synthetic diesel fuel. It has since been quiet on this front from eastern Montana, except that the financiers for this Australian company publicly declared insolvency in early June this past summer. Why no in-state news on this busted Aussie/Crow Indian deal from the Saudi Arabia of coal?

Instead of innovating a domestic, municipally-owned equity and energy solution, the administration’s present focus is to ship Montana coal and wood chips to China on deadhead freighters for pennies on the dollar.

Governor Schweitzer, how is this strategy working for you? How is it working for Montana’s people suffering rising unemployment amid the national (don’t call it a depression) recession?

The truth is, Governor, this tactic really isn’t working for anyone. Let’s resolve to get back to the future in 2011, shall we?

Sincerely,

Jay Toups 

CEO/Managing Member

406-349-2943

Mark C. Radosevich 

Chief Scientist

970-459-1177

Bioroot Energy, LLC

Darby, Montana

Link to Missoulian article

End the Ethanol Insanity

“Ethanol is not an ideal transportation fuel. The future of transportation fuels shouldn’t involve ethanol.”

—Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Nov. 29, 2010

Thank you, Ed Wallace, for telling the truth when it comes to corn ethanol.  And thank you, Steven Chu, for doing the same. Just so you know, that’s not what we (the USA) are doing.

In just 10 years, the corn ethanol industry has gone from 0 to almost 9 percent of the American fuel supply. Yet this first generation renewable fuel requires crops to be grown, and a subsidy to be profitable, and as noted in the article, ethanol is not ideally suited for American vehicles.

A decade later, what have we learned? As a country we’ve learned that we can’t “grow” our way to energy independence. And we’ve learned that EtOH from fermented corn starch isn’t the last word in renewable fuel.  Far from it, in fact.

So what’s beyond ethanol?

ENVIROLENE® contains 49 percent ethanol, but this synthetic ethanol doesn’t come from corn.  In fact it doesn’t from any food crop or fuel crop. And because E4™ contains up to 9 more alcohols, it’s a very different alcohol fuel…much more powerful, cleaner, and less corrosive by far than C2 ethanol.  Plus, you don’t have to live in corn country to make ENVIROLENE® . :-)

It’s time to end subsidies for corn ethanol production, yet the federal government has just renewed the $.45/gallon ethanol subsidy for another year.  And it’s time to use all of the alcohols (and feedstocks) at our disposal, not just the ones recommended by the corn industry!

The direction of our nation’s economy and the compelling need for clean fuels absolutely demands that we quickly move beyond first-generation biofuel.

Link to End The Ethanol Insanity: Ed Wallace Business Week article

One year of good effort (does not a green revolution make)

The Bioroot Energy team may have gone hungry this year, but we have had a phenomenal first year.  We hit the ground running and helped to kickstart public awareness and lay groundwork for the development of a sustainable green energy solution that will play out around the world for decades to come when we are successful.

We got a lot accomplished on almost no money, except a handful of donations which amounted to about a dozen Happy Meals. (Thanks, rare, brave and generous Donors!)

That’s right. Our best laid plans to enroll people like you, your brother, your father and mother, cousin, sister, and your sister’s neighbor in Des Moines, in supporting our vision for clean fuels with a few dollars out of your pocket have come to naught.  As in zip. Nada. Nearly nothing.  In retrospect, it was a horribly naive thing to do, asking for donations.  Most people aren’t reachable this way, even if they give  signals they’re ready to pony up their last dime to see it through.

Even our requests for simple personal endorsements have gone unheeded, largely.  Just 48 people out of over 16,000 site visitors thought our strategy was worth a few lines of text to show their support.

We may have educated a few of you, be we’ve failed to reach most of you, or earn your trust. Even as we have given it our all and spent our last dime reaching out.

In December, 2009, we sponsored our first E4 ENVIROLENE Demo Day in Darby. In January 2010, we sponsored a Montana book release tour by Jon Turk, who is the first scientist to endorse our project.  We’ve poured dozens of 3-5 gallon samples of our clean fuel into people’s gas tanks and received rave performance and mileage reviews.  We’ve burned teaspoons of the fuel hundreds of times to demonstrate how cleanly this remarkable alcohol fuel burns.

We’ve pitched billionaires, millionaires, working people, and unemployed people. We’ve been to Washington D. C. to meet with members of the House and Senate.  We’ve presented our business case in corporate boardrooms across the state,  to presidents of banks, to various economic development agencies, to various philanthropic organizations, to dozens of potential private investors.  And we’ve relentlessly rehearsed and refined our business vision and mission to our more tolerant friends and neighbors, and our local politicians, in bustling and not so bustling Montana cities from Sula to Whitefish.

Even the neighborhood dogs have listened patiently, repeatedly, to our story, even if they didn’t understand a word of it. They could tell by the tone of our voices that it. was. really. important.  Unlike some of the people we’ve talked with.

We’ve been roundly rebuffed. We have the “Thanks but no thanks” letters to prove it.  But we can’t say exactly how many people who expressed interest never bothered to reply to a phone call or email.  And we can’t count the number of people who refused to even provide a simple one sentence endorsement of our project. (Yes, we know you might have your reasons, but they are all lame unless you’re in the Witness Protection Program and afraid to disclose your identity.)

Back to the drawing board on reaching credible people who are willing, able and ready to invest to turn on renewable liquid fuel production.

Have we failed, then? Not by a long shot! We achieved most of what we set out to do in the first year, which was to begin to educate the world about the tremendous potential of higher mixed alcohol fuels, in particular, the unrivaled, patented formula known as E4™ ENVIROLENE®. We’ve built a solid business framework to support first commercialization in Montana. And we’ve learned how to package our business for consideration by accredited investors. This isn’t a textbook skill taught in school, it’s unique to any new business, and like everything in business, it costs money.

We’ve learned that even the truth, the kind with a capital T, struggles to be understood and recognized for the brilliantly incomparable thing it is in this age of opinion as fact, information overload, and the preoccupation with our country’s deepening economic contraction.

Our plan to build “money printing presses” from society’s wastes and biomass has fallen on mostly deaf, or preoccupied, ears.

What didn’t kill us has made us stronger, and for this we give thanks.  There’s always next year. Somebody will appreciate what we’re doing to jumpstart the American economy, we’re sure of it.

2011, here we come!

The oceans’ SOS

“Our stubborn addiction to burning coal, oil and natural gas is changing not only the composition of the atmosphere but the composition of the ocean as well. The carbon dioxide those fuels pour into the air inexorably dissolves into the oceans, causing a process known as ocean acidification. The oceans have absorbed 30 percent of the carbon dioxide that humans have ever produced, and they continue to absorb more each year.”

Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/12/18/105247/commentary-the-oceans-sos.html

Cities That Prosper, Cool or Not

The article linked below focuses on one of the biggest issues in municipal and regional economic development circles:

“Does the city simply import money from other places, or does it export goods and services to other places? Because it is this distinction – not cool or uncool – that serves as the dividing line between prosperity that is real and prosperity that is illusory.”

We think being an exporter of clean fuels is where it’s at. Cool too. Bioroot Energy is dedicated to making life better in every town in America, not just here in western Montana where our first project will be sited. We can help cities and towns be cooler, and make money, by making clean fuels and getting rid of their municipal wastes and getting the most possible value out of their biomass to boot.

Link to full New Geography article

US biofuels production to fall short again in 2011

Why is America falling short on its renewable energy goals where liquid fuels are concerned? It’s not a money issue. It’s a technology problem. One that mixed alcohol fuel can address, but not until an enterprising company produces enough volume to matter.  Leading biofuel companies such as Range Fuels certainly aren’t getting the job done.

The US Environmental Protection Agency has again cut already greatly reduced expectations for cellulosic biofuels production in its 2011 renewables mandates, according to a letter from the head of the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Earlier in 2010, EPA dropped the cellulosic target in its renewable fuel mandates by 93% to 6.5 million gallons as companies failed to bring production capacity online. The 2011 production estimate has dropped even further.

Link to article in Platt’s Energy Week.

The Oil Party is (Almost) Over.

Robert Rapier is a respected chemical and biofuels engineer and employed by Merica International. He blogs about the state of the Energy industry at http://www.consumerenergyreport.com/blogs/rsquared/

Just another biofuel play?

Just a day after presenting our business opportunity to one of Montana’s largest companies recently, we were informed that “everyone” in this company thinks it’s a great opportunity.  We also were informed that people (executives, legal team, marketing) running the company were not yet willing to consider being first to back our venture to build the world’s first commercial scale up of a mixed alcohol production facility in western Montana.

Why so difficult to gain traction if it’s such a great business model? Is it hard to understand a money printing press printing currency in all denominations by making a better liquid fuel the world needs all that it can get? Well, in a word, no.  Quite simply, it’s because none of the companies so far has the vision or confidence to put money and resources where its mouth is.  At least not until some other company with money does it first.

Hence the quote from Jerry Garcia: “Somebody needed to do something, and it was incredibly pathetic that it had to be us.”

We have vision. We have confidence in the technology. We don’t have the money yet. But we will.

Think we’re just another biofuel startup with a big idea that will never fly? Not quite sure? Take some time to understand our technology. Learn how E4® ENVIROLENE® water soluble, biodegradable fuel will be commercially made.  Learn what kinds of carbon-based “stuff” it can be synthesized from.  Think about the huge problems that manufacturing and blending this powerful and cleaner fuel into gasoline and diesel fuels used in America’s gas and diesel engines can address.  Think about the economic opportunities it can create.  Then, finally, think about where these opportunities could come to pass: everywhere in America!

By understanding how E4 ENVIROLENE is different; cleaner, cheaper, better in all respects from other liquid fuels—from gasoline and diesel, all the way to ethanol and biodiesel—you’ll begin to appreciate what Bioroot Energy is all about.

Signs we’d really like to see

We can’t afford to buy real world billboard advertising yet, so we did the next best thing and hacked a picture to make a point: the future of green energy is just around the corner!

This one sums up our business nicely, but not quite completely. Because our technology can convert much more than household trash to E4™ ENVIROLENE® mixed alcohol fuels.  All kinds of unwanted stuff such as excess biomass, sewer sludge, toxic wastes, petroleum byproducts and wastes, and even methane and C02.  But household trash is a great place to start looking for abundant, renewal carbons!Truth be told, there will always be middlemen in the fuel business. But they don’t all have to be Middle Eastern men.

ENVIROLENE® on PBS video

This video featuring Standard Alcohol Company of America, Inc., and ENVIROLENE was shot in 2000 by a PBS affiliate.  The mixed alcohol fuel story is even more compelling today, but the first commercial production facility has yet to be built.

Greetings and Introductions

Greetings world and Bioroot Energy conscientious folk.  This is the first post of Bioroot Energy’s Business Development Director, Heath N. Carey.

So who exactly am I?  Well, let me give you a brief introduction: I was born and raised in the historically rich area of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  I was a pretty normal fellow from the get-go, spending modest amounts of time on my education, and the remainder romping around the foothills of the Appalachian mountains.  In 1996 I began attending classes at Shippensburg University.  I graduated in 2001 with a bachelors degree in English, minoring in Secondary Education. 

Unfortunately, as I approached teaching as a career, I quickly came to the realization that I would be required to act more so than to teach.  This realization led me to travel to Los Angeles where I tried my hand at acting and modeling.  I had always aspired to do something great with my life; however, I began to form the opinion that “greatness” is something that stems from your mind and your actions NOT your acting ability or your looks.  Again I reassessed my direction in life as I packed my things and returned to Pennsylvania.  I spent the next 9 months outlining the topics that mattered most to me.  Time and time again I found myself returning to the wilderness. 

This realization was confirmed on a hunting trip in northern Pennsylvania – one of my father’s friends was describing a trail crew job his granddaughter held and boy did that seem heavenly.  On the drive back to our home, I explained to my father that I was seriously considering going back to school to acquire the knowledge necessary to obtain a trail crew job.  I’ll never forget his next statement, “Heath, you don’t want to be the guy who maintains the trail.  You want to be the guy who says where and how to build the trail.”  Long story short, I agreed with my father and relocated to Missoula, Montana where I attended two years of post baccalaureate classes to hone my beginner science skills.  I was then accepted into Graduate School through the College of Forestry, Resource Conservation and completed a Master of Science degree by 2010.  My thesis project, which also doubles as a current career, focused on reusing municipal wastewater as a source of irrigation and fertilization for short rotation crops (i.e., Poplars/Willows) as an alternative to discharging nutrient-rich effluent (i.e., wastewater) into the nearest body of drinkable water.

I suppose by now you are beginning to realize the synergy between Jay and I -  the completion of the waste cycle.  We, the global population of humans, MUST realign our understanding from waste to resource.  This is where my journey has led me – While it is easy to point the finger of blame towards older generations, my generation, and those following, will have no one to blame other than themselves if we do not reach a collaborative understanding and pursuit of alternative and sustainable methods by which to manage our waste.  Bioroot Energy offers just that.  I encourage you to follow my blog posts as I delve into this world of renewable, sustainable fuels.  I promise and guarantee to look at this topic from an unbiased point of view and to share my honest opinions and findings throughout the journey.  Thank you for your attention and exploration.

Cordially,

Heath N. Carey

“Change will be the result of collaborative efforts rather than the perseverance of one.”

Understanding Advanced Biofuels

Want to better understand the renewable fuels landscape, from algae to biodiesel, corn and cellulosic ethanol, to mixed alcohols?  Here’s a fresh look at the confusion regarding renewable fuel subsidies, and why it is in the industry’s best interests for biofuel players to get out of “silo” mode and help the government sort through the questions.

3 paragraphs from the article:

“With their extreme versatility and often complicated nature, it isn’t easy for most people to wrap their brain around advanced biofuels, and the definitions in the renewable fuels standard 2 (RFS2) aren’t much help.”

“Depending once again on what your feedstock and technology is, right now you generally fall in one of these buckets: if you’re Gevo (Inc.) producing biobutanol, you get 60 cents per gallon under the VEETC (Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit). If you’re Tyson (Foods Inc.), Neste or Amyris (Biotechnologies Inc.) making a non-coprocessed renewable diesel, then you get $1 per gallon (blenders excise tax credit),” McAdams says. “If I’m Virent (Energy Systems Inc.) and I make speciated gasoline out of a catalyst technology using sugar or corn, I get 50 cents per gallon. If I’m a cellulosic company I have a $1.01 production tax credit, and if I’m algae, I don’t know where I go. If I make a fuel, I guess I default to the alternative fuels mixture credit because it gives me 50 cents per gallon for a fuel.”

“We need to ask ourselves, at what point should an industry’s subsidy end, and whether the current statutes are tilted toward a certain technology and if that’s ultimately good or bad. The industry is way too siloed right now.”

Biomass Magazine: Advocating Advanced Biofuels

Learn more about the various biofuels:  Read our short Biofuels Primer