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

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

The Trash Pipeline

One way of understanding our mission is to look at your own trash and excess biomass in a different way. Instead of seeing trash as stuff to be thrown away, landfilled or incinerated, think of trash in aggregate terms as intrinsically valuable raw material moving through a maze of pipelines that wind their way through every home and business in America.

Remarkably like the toilet you flush and the sewer pipes in your home that carry away human waste, your trash pipeline begins at your trash can.  Each week, millions and millions of tons of trash are emptied into trucks and carried off to be disposed of somewhere you nobody wants to live next to, like a landfill or an incinerator. Virtually none of the stored energy value moving through America’s byzantine trash pipeline “system” is currently being extracted.

Some trash system, you’re probably thinking.  No value is being created from the current trash methodology. The air and water are being fouled. And we (you and me) are paying a heavy price for the privilege, as have all humans since the Stone Age.

What if this trash pipeline got connected to community-friendly facilities that could cleanly and efficiently process this pipeline of trash into biofuels?  Almost all of the infrastructure to release the stored energy value from trash is already in place: the raw materials exist in abundance, and the waste management companies who haul it away for you.  All that is needed is are well run local businesses to convert it into energy!

Why do all our trash pipelines terminate at dumps and incinerators? Is this the best America can do? Are we going to wait for  companies who own the landfills and incinerators to do something about it, or are we going to roll up our sleeves and build 21st century businesses that become key players in revitalizing our communities, not to mention cleaning up the environment?

Bioroot Energy doesn’t want to build huge behemoth regional waste to energy plants that look like Soviet-era architecture run amok, complete with belching smokestacks.  We want to see “right sized”  plasma conversion facilities that enable the technology to be deployed at a community level, with each community making the investment and reaping the reward.

Do you see trash as a renewable energy r…

Do you see trash as a renewable energy resource or a mere nuisance to be tossed into a trash can and promptly disposed of? It is both, and all you need do is look at what you and your family throw away each week to realize it. Where does it currently go? The landfill? Does that seem like the best solution to you?

How about nature’s excess biomass—the leaves, the yard/lawn clippings, the branches, barks, needles, and small diameter trees from forest thinning projects? How much more renewable a resource is there? Where does this biomass normally go, currently? Up in smoke or to a landfill?

Takeaway: No other energy resource is more renewable or sustainable than the bounty of nature’s excess biomass, or our country’s near endless stream of trash. Converting it to valuable fuels is the right thing to do. Plasma conversion of trash to energy offers a giant step forward for America, and Americans need to take it soon or we’ll bequeath a thoroughly trashed environment to the next generation.

We’re buried in government debt. We’re being buried with trash. The economy is on life support. How dire does our situation need to become for you to take the waste to energy issue and opportunity personally?

1 ton of plasma converted trash and woody biomass can generate 110-125 gallons of ethanol, methanol or other alcohol fuel. How many tons of trash per day does your town dump or burn? How much lost annual revenue is that at approximately $2.25 a gallon?