Bioroot Energy is developing “cradle-to-cradle” energy opportunities. We turn waste and fossil carbons such as trash and biomass, coal, natural gas and CO2 into biodegradable, water-soluble liquid fuel. This clean alcohol fuel blends seamlessly with all types of gasoline, diesel and coal to improve combustion efficiency and dramatically lower tailpipe and smokestack emissions.
Why is this important? Simple. We won’t have a cleaner environment or a stable energy outlook until we address fundamental problems with fossil fuels and society’s wastes. We must slash hydrocarbon pollution, emissions, and do a better job with carbon waste management, or pass the problems of hydrocarbon economics, rising seas, warming temperatures and a polluted world, off to the next generation. The energy industry cannot meet the world’s growing liquid energy needs or solve environmental problems with 20th century-style cradle-to-grave economics fueled by petroleum and coal. With the rise of China and India, this toxic and dangerous economic scenario is now playing out at world scale, and the planet’s environment can only continue its alarming decline if society and industry persists in business as usual.
We also cannot grow our way to energy independence. Corn ethanol interests have shaped the renewable fuel dialog for years, limiting the discussion to single-alcohol fuels like ethanol, conveniently, made from corn. This year, 39 percent of America’s corn crop was allocated to produce ethanol.
There is a profound energy, economic and environmental connection to the trash and wastes we humans generate daily.
- Climate change/Global warming
- Energy security
- Energy price volatility
- Toxic oil spills, coal waste spills
- Emissions from petroleum and coal combustion
- Increasing global demand for energy
- Decreasing fossil fuel supplies
- Groundwater contamination from landfills
- Groundwater contamination from “fracking” natural gas
- Emissions from waste incineration and open burning
What can we do about this problem set? Plenty, and it starts with you, your trash and your community’s involvement.
It all adds up
|Your share of America’s trash footprint? Currently it’s 4.5 – 6 pounds of trash per day.Source: EPA, 254 million tons per year in 2007.|
But wait, there’s much, much more: The calculation by the EPA does not include hazardous waste, commercial waste, industrial waste, sewer sludge, and fossil carbon feedstocks such as stranded or flared natural gas/methane, tar sands, coal slag, or petroleum coke.
Not done yet! Now add what nature generates as non-crop biomass, i.e., the woody biomass (leaves, needles, barks, branches, small diameter trees) that can be sustainably harvested from roadsides, forests and private woodlands and wildland-urban interfaces to this figure.
Woody, non-crop biomass from forest thinning projects and other lands is most often piled and burned. All that smoke and CO2 goes into the atmosphere, and on public lands it costs taxpayer money to fund the projects. America’s forest lands need tending to remove beetle-killed trees, reduce fuel loads, and lower the risk of catastrophic wildfire.
CO2 emissions from 50,000 coal-fired power plants worldwide are the most concentrated source of greenhouse gases. What if all those tons of CO2 going up the stack became clean liquid energy, along with improving the performance of coal stock that is no longer incinerated, but gasified and converted to electricity in a closed-loop process with almost no emissions?
Trash, garbage, sludges, tires, coal, petroleum coke, non-crop biomass, methane and CO2: it’s all good “carbonaceous” feedstock.