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

The answer isn’t more ethanol. It’s higher mixed alcohols.

Energy in America: Only one clean fuel can pick up where ethanol runs out of…gas.

Corn ethanol isn’t the best “oxygenate” fuel by any stretch, but it can’t ruin transmissions and radiators. The article linked below quotes a distraught, confused woman who blames ethanol for her car’s problems. Hilarious, but it doesn’t diminish what’s being said about increasing the ethanol blend wall to 15 percent this summer. Right now, gasoline sold at more than 95 percent of filling stations in the U.S. contains 10 percent ethanol, a blend known as E-10. Might not be a good idea to increase the blend wall until there’s a better, more powerful alcohol fuel to blend with gasoline. And diesel. And coal.

Link to FOX News article.

EPA slashes 2012 cellulosic biofuel target

You knew this was coming. After slashing previous quota mandates in 2009, 2010 and 2011, your government is telling you that 2012 won’t be any different. Ethanol (both corn and cellulosic varieties) isn’t getting the job done.

We’re not surprised, and anyone paying attention to renewable fuels shouldn’t be either. For this, American taxpayers are being bilked for billions in subsidies, which have recently been carried forward another year.

This is your government on stupid, this is our country becoming the butt of a corny and expensive joke called ethanol.

Of course it’s a sophisticated joke told by sophisticated joke tellers, which is why almost nobody gets the punchline.

Link to Ethanol Producer article

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

Obama takes steps to boost biofuels

The biofuels and biomass industries received excellent news Feb. 3, with the release of the renewable fuel standard (RFS2) final rule, the first report generated by President Barack Obama’s Biofuel Interagency Working Group, and the Biomass Crop Assistance Program proposed rule.

Not exactly scintillating reading, unless you understand some of  the regulatory issues that have long kept the biofuels and biomass industries from making faster progress.  RFS2 is a significant step forward.

Link to Biomass Magazine article.