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

Let’s Make Energy History in the Bitterroot

Hi Ravalli Republic reader,

Thank you for visiting Bioroot Energy and taking time to learn more about our mission and goals.

We believe this project could rapidly become one of the most important alternative energy projects in the world, and one of the first of hundreds or even thousands of similar projects to come. Ours could be the first community in America to turn its trash to green liquid energy, without using incineration or fermentation, or we could be one of the last. The choice is ours.

If we continue to assume that garbage, trash and biomass can only go to a landfill or be incinerated or burned, that garbage will always be a waste product and that resources are limited, then it’s easy to conclude we will eventually run out of space to store our garbage. This seeming contradiction will only be solved when we understand that humans are constantly discovering ways to adapt to challenges and overcome.

We know this is a bold claim and that such talk is generally suspect from the get go. Rightly so.  However, our bottom line is and will continue to be focused squarely on the bottom line:  Are we creating enough value to support current our way of life here in the Bitterroot? Or are we going backward simply by not adapting to our changing world and delivering new and innovative energy products the whole world really needs?

Ethanol from corn is old news, and long-term unsustainable. We simply can’t grow our way to energy independence, and we can’t afford to throw away 50 percent of the energy value in feedstocks creating a fractionalized biofuel that does not truly serve our long term interests.  Higher mixed alcohol fuels such as ENVIROLENE from Standard Alcohol Company, our core technology parter, are what’s next in bioenergy.  Make it from anything carbon-based. Convert it in large enough volumes to be profitable and sustainable. Put it in your gas tank and reap the benefits. Not just somewhere. Everywhere that it makes sense, and beginning in the Bitterroot valley!

Our solution “stack” will be powered solely by trash and non-crop biomass. Even sewer sludge and CO2 has value as feedstocks in this new paradigm of energy creation. Yours, mine, ours. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of it and we aren’t ever going to run out because we’re always making more! And so is the natural environment. Better still, our solution will clean up the environment, create jobs and businesses, and put money in everybody’s pockets if we are successful.

Bitterroot valley residents have an unprecedented opportunity to come together and make history building a next-generation waste to energy solution that has so many clear and measurable economic and environmental benefits, and so few credible downsides, that it would seem a no-brainer.

And it’s coming at a crucial time when real opportunities are as rare as grizzlies in the Bitterroot-Selway.

Is it possible to create a substantial economic opportunity where every stakeholder wins, including the environment and all God’s critters?

We think this is it. We hope you agree, and get behind what we’re doing.

We welcome your support and we look forward to hearing from you.  But if your natural inclination is to first be skeptical about what we’re proposing, we urge you to share what’s on your mind so we can do our best to address your concerns.  We think you too will be convinced we’re on to something very valuable here if you take time to understand what’s at stake and what is possible!

Other than raising money in today’s brutal business environment, there are very few real reasons to not be successful in the long term with a closed-loop gasification to liquid fuels facility.  But we need to begin, and soon.  Because Montana, like the rest of America, desperately needs to create new industries focused on making something of real value in our  rapidly changing world.

We can’t afford to do nothing, nor should we, when an abundance of raw materials surrounds us all!

In this case, we can make a substantial amount of clean, green, and sustainable biofuel from non-crop biomass and trash right here in the Bitterroot.

The technologies we are proposing to use are proven, and ready for prime time. The time is clearly right. The reasons to proceed are many.  And reasons to do nothing with our area’s biomass abundance are fewer with each layoff in our beautiful valley.

Our theme (okay, fight song) here at Bioroot Energy?

“A Trickle Becomes A River”

We know there are dangerous rapids just ahead that, honestly, have never been run.  Alternative energy is an awesome, exciting, yet still largely undeveloped, landscape of opportunities. We’ve scouted up ahead and believe we have the right “gear” and the proper line to get through what’s ahead and have a great time every step along the way to a clean energy future!  So we need all the dedicated rowers we can get!

Help Bioroot Energy make energy history in the Bitterroot! Add your name to our list of community endorsements. Contact us for more information or to become directly involved.  Tell a friend. Tell our politicians.

Leave a comment and tell us how to make the Bitterroot valley project the best that it can possibly be. Or hey, even tell us we’re crazy and why.

When it comes to turning what’s in your trash to clean green energy, it’s all good!

A Radical Solution That’s Neither Left Nor Right

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History shows we are on same path as Roman Empire

Are we ignoring the road signs?

We have all heard the expression that “history repeats itself.” It has been uttered for centuries, by intelligent and studious men in Greek, Roman and Chinese literature, and has been expressed so many times over the centuries that we just naturally assume that it is true. Well let’s look at some statements from the past and see if they relate to what is happening today. I believe that we will all agree that it is beneficial to study the past so as to see the mistakes, and the successes, of men and nations (empires) that preceded us. We are then able to replicate that which is useful for success and survival, and we can also avoid that which has proved to lead to failure. It is dangerous for us as individuals, and for we as a nation, to ignore the mistakes of the past.

Clark Fork Chronicle, October 1, 2009

Tomorrow’s history is being created today, as we go about our personal business and family lives amidst great financial and environmental turmoil in the world around us.  Will our history be marred by  negligence and default or will we become active creators of value and better managers of our future legacy? It’s our choice.

In Montana, life goes on more or less as it has since frontier days. The deer and the antelope still play. The buffalo still roam, at least in some areas of the state. The bear, the elk, and the reintroduced wolf, still thrive.

Of course, western Montanans stopped shooting up the saloons and at each other long ago, traded their horses for cars, and built the highway (Highway 93) that today serves as a key economic lifeline to dozens of far-flung communities from south of the Idaho border north to Missoula.

We’ve come a long way since horse and buggy days. But the real work is ahead. Our quality of life is second to none, but we still don’t know the first thing about digging ourselves out of the massive hole we’ve dug along the way with regard to energy, our economy and the environment.

We’ve only just begun to investigate clean coal technology which uses gasification to greatly reduce carbon emissions, letalone retrofit any power plants. But it’s coming, sure as the sun shines, because it’s important and needed.

It’s also time to focus on taking a truly radical action with gasification tech in our own backyard: cleaning up our municipal trash and excess biomass, profitably and sustainably, right here in the Bitterroot valley.  Gasification is a compelling solution for lots of reasons, both environmental and economic!

With America facing a steep uphill climb to economic stability, there’s never been a better time to develop locally owned gasification facilities to convert household waste and biomass to energy. Trash and sustainable biomass to make these projects profitable is almost everywhere!  What’s more, the revenue generated from energy created by these facilities can belong to the communities where they will be located.  Gasification is a compelling solution for lots of reasons, both environmental and economic!

The human race has never been good about cleaning up after itself. We’ve always had plenty of room to dump our trash and waste somewhere and cover it with dirt. Or pile and burn it or incinerate it.  Sure, some elements of trash get recycled (aluminum, steel, cardboard, etc.) but not very much in the big scheme of things.

Just another day in Montana.  And another 340 tons of solid waste on its way to the Missoula landfill.

You can bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow and every day thereafter there will be another 340 tons of trash heading to the landfill. And hundreds of slash piles from thinning and logging projects going up in smoke too.

Nothing about how we manage trash has changed. And nothing will, unless we choose to actively support a venture to build a gasification facility right here in the Bitterroot.