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

Just another biofuel play?

Just a day after presenting our business opportunity to one of Montana’s largest companies recently, we were informed that “everyone” in this company thinks it’s a great opportunity.  We also were informed that people (executives, legal team, marketing) running the company were not yet willing to consider being first to back our venture to build the world’s first commercial scale up of a mixed alcohol production facility in western Montana.

Why so difficult to gain traction if it’s such a great business model? Is it hard to understand a money printing press printing currency in all denominations by making a better liquid fuel the world needs all that it can get? Well, in a word, no.  Quite simply, it’s because none of the companies so far has the vision or confidence to put money and resources where its mouth is.  At least not until some other company with money does it first.

Hence the quote from Jerry Garcia: “Somebody needed to do something, and it was incredibly pathetic that it had to be us.”

We have vision. We have confidence in the technology. We don’t have the money yet. But we will.

Think we’re just another biofuel startup with a big idea that will never fly? Not quite sure? Take some time to understand our technology. Learn how E4® ENVIROLENE® water soluble, biodegradable fuel will be commercially made.  Learn what kinds of carbon-based “stuff” it can be synthesized from.  Think about the huge problems that manufacturing and blending this powerful and cleaner fuel into gasoline and diesel fuels used in America’s gas and diesel engines can address.  Think about the economic opportunities it can create.  Then, finally, think about where these opportunities could come to pass: everywhere in America!

By understanding how E4 ENVIROLENE is different; cleaner, cheaper, better in all respects from other liquid fuels—from gasoline and diesel, all the way to ethanol and biodiesel—you’ll begin to appreciate what Bioroot Energy is all about.

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Land sale will close book on Farmersville landfill

By Rick Miller
Olean Times Herald

The 423-acre parcel in the town of Farmersville [New York] was once on its way to becoming a regional landfill.

Now, it’s on the county’s list of properties that will be auctioned off at the end of the month – with the caveat that it can never be used for landfill purposes.

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Skepticism about gasification’s potential is healthy

Healthy skepticism is the business person’s best friend. It’s  keeps our feet planted firmly on the ground as we go about the lofty business of changing the world by changing how we manage trash.  And addressing honest skepticism as it arises is a great way to make the Bioroot Energy story that much more compelling!

We’ve been interacting lately via email with a very knowledgeable person with a background in global marketing. After reviewing our site, he was upfront in saying it will be difficult to find investors willing to fund such large projects, especially with the downturn. He then pointedly asked:

“Is it safe to assume that you are interested in putting together an investor group to fund a production facility in the Bitterroot?”

Here’s some of our response to his email:

Seeing such a facility built in the Bitterroot is my [our] goal, absolutely. The history of ethanol and corn isn’t good of course, but we’re talking next gen ethanol (or other fuel types, perhaps even di-methyl ether, used as aerosol propellant in cosmetics, etc., that sells for $9/gallon.) made from stuff nobody eats or has yet found a use for. And there’s plenty of it in the Bitterroot.

This is a profoundly different scenario that includes everybody as real feedstock producers (at least in theory), not just farmers in the Corn belt.

As far as show me don’t tell me [about current gasification projects] goes, there are several good examples: One municipal gasifier project in Toronto by Plasco Energy is probably the most “mainstream” urban deployment to date, and has been very successful so far. It’s currently running 80 TPD and generating electricity but will eventually scale well past that. Toronto obviously has a huge waste footprint, so they’ll need to add a lot of capacity to make headway…

It is true that earlier gasification projects were for internal remediation, but modern invocations of the technology are designed and will be warranted to make transportation fuels at a profit (the “wraps” or production guarantees by the technology vendors). The Reno project referenced below is huge.

Reno project:

You say this [Bioroot] project could be “quite difficult” and I concur it will be! But the only thing more difficult will be if we fail, and humanity doesn’t learn how to clean up its messes and does nothing constructive with solid waste. Today’s waste is not the benign agrarian output of yesteryear, it’s amazingly toxic stuff, the accumulation of which could eventually threaten all life on earth. (Yes I am an armchair environmentalist…:-) A sweeping generalization, but pathogen loading is a very real long-term threat (ask your local pathologist) if we continue to treat earth as our sewer.

Finally there is a viable, carbon-negative technology that will consume everything short of radioisotopes, and make nearly anything in the way of energy with basically zero pollution. So, I ask, what’s not to like aside from the barrier to entry? ROI in 4 years is pretty standard for this level of investment, and that’s surely what investors will care about. There is great interest in developing new approaches to old problems, even with the downturn, and I think the Renewable Fuels Standard is all the evidence needed to see there is a large market demand that will continue well into the future.

And, after thanking him for his input, so ended my response; most of the skepticism is understandable because the technology and the opportunity are brand new and essentially unproven in the marketplace.

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