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

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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

Global warming threatens pine forests

The blaring headline reads:

Global warming threatens pine forests, forcing federal officials to shift strategy

More Band Aids. Watching Rome burn and fiddling. Bioroot Energy is headquartered in the middle of the beetle kill epidemic in western Montana and there is no way that treating individual trees can stop or shorten this mortality event in our western forests. None. We must get in front of the underlying problem and rethink what’s driving it.

Climate scientists really (really) need to start talking to energy scientists about responsibly converting all types of waste and fossil “carbons” (municipal wastes, biomass, coal, methane and coal-fired CO2) to a clean, 138 octane fuel that displaces the hydrocarbon fuels, i.e., gasoline, diesel, methane and coal, whose emissions are driving the climate change feedback loop.

When pine needles, barks, branches, cones and any other biomass along with what’s in your trash can are being turned into a benign yet powerful alcohol fuel that displaces fossil fuels, things will begin to change for the better. Not until.

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Beetle kill: 3.9 million acres in Montana

“British Columbia has lost 40 million acres of forest to the bark beetle; Colorado is approaching 2 million acres of dead forest; Wyoming just recently crested the 1-million-acre mark,” said Mary Ann Chambers, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service’s Bark Beetle Incident Management Team for the Rocky Mountain region.

Source: The Climate Daily, “Climate change has doubled forest mortality”

Pine forests are dying throughout the Rocky Mountains (©Carlye Calvin/NCAR)This photo taken in Wyoming but it could be anywhere in the western US.

Destruction of trees by the mountain pine beetle, combined with climate change and fire, makes for a dangerous feedback loop. Dead forests sequester less carbon dioxide. Burning forests release huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. More CO2 adds to climate change, which raises temperatures, stresses forests, and makes bigger fires that much more likely.

Montana faces an incredibly tough situation in years ahead. What to do with 3.9 million acres* of standing dead beetle-kill trees?  Let them all rot? Burn? Sit back and let nature take its course because we can’t agree on a fair, environmentally and economically balanced strategy to do anything more? What about people and employment? Economic growth? Clear skies in the summer? Forests that are primed to explode?

Or do we put our heads together and get to work converting at least some of this massive carbon abundance into new forms of clean-carbon energy we can all use, like green, renewable mixed alcohol transportation fuels?

That’s what Bioroot Energy is doing. We invite your participation and support.

Do a quick potential yield calculation based on 5 tons of thinnings and slash material per acre, which is a ridiculously low figure for thinned Montana forest land. That’s 19.5 million tons of biomass. (Some credible forest remediation estimates run 28-30 tons per acre.) Surely there is a gargantuan amount of sustainably harvestable biomass outside of protected wilderness and other sensitive areas to support a substantial biofuel industry.

What could a cutting-edge biofuel industry do for western Montana? What could it do for you? Please let us know what you think.

*Pine beetles infested 1.2 million acres of Montana forest in 2008 and 2.7 million acres in 2009, based on aerial surveys.

Source: Montana Standard

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Beetle-killed trees primed to fuel fires

What should we do about the millions upon millions of beetle-killed trees in the West, especially in Montana? While people debate the merits and feasibility of taking action, one major aspect of the discussion has yet to really be discussed: biofuels.

From the Missoulian article:

“Even if we had the infrastructure and logging community we used to have, we couldn’t get this all off the ground,” Siedlitz said. “Thinning is just negative logging. It doesn’t pay for itself. If we could do something with the biomass so it was profitable to take it off, that might be something.”

We agree, “that” might be something! And “that” might even pay for itself and then some!

Link to Missoulian article

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