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

Trash and Apathy: Evil Twins

One novel way to view trash? Think of trash as mankind’s apathy, made real. The visible signs of our failure to act responsibly to preserve our own interests. We’ve been burying and burning waste since we lived in caves or slept underneath the stars 10,000 years ago. Just like apathy which shadows all human initiative, trash has been a constant backdrop of all human activity.

At some point soon enough, without direct, concerted action at the local and municipal level, we’ll bury ourselves in trash, if we don’t go flat broke (whoops, we are already) or perish from the inevitable pollution first.  Our collective apathy will ensure the outcome.

Nobody in their right mind wants this, right? Then why is it turning out that way?

If you think we’re being dramatic here, just keep doing what you are doing, which is probably nothing.  In case you’re wondering, simply reading what we have to say on the subject is next to nothing if you don’t do anything real with what you’ve learned.

Or visit Disneyland for a Really Good Time.

But if you’re still with us, we need your help on a few million sundry items, such as:

How can we turn what has never had a practical use into something very valuable? And to further beg the metaphor, how can Bioroot Energy turn personal apathy (maybe even yours) about the subject into abundant enthusiasm for supporting what we are doing?

Would money help? Sure! you say. How about a cleaner planet? Absolutely, right?

The green energy potential in the trash and harvestable, sustainable non-crop biomass within 50 miles of you is likely far, far larger than you might think.  Whether it’s enough to make a biofuel venture work is up to the experts, but it’s well worth considering if you have interest in solving one of America’s biggest problems and reaping the benefit, right in your town.

The other big variable that has yet to be addressed, at least in our project, is what to do with the syngas created by processing the feedstock via gasification. Make ethanol? What about methanol or di-methyl ether? What’s the highest best use of the syngas? What will justify the large investments required to build these facilities, and get the green biofuels ball rolling for real?

Is there a way to turn  syngas into a fuel type that is less toxic, cleaner burning, and has a higher octane rating than ethanol? What options are there?

That’s what Bioroot Energy wants to know.

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Trash Isn’t Just America’s Problem

Along with almost every other developed country, trash is China’s problem too.

From the MSNBC article:

At least 85 percent of China’s seven billion tons of trash is in landfills, much of it in unlicensed dumps in the countryside. Most have only thin linings of plastic or fiberglass. Rain drips heavy metals, ammonia, and bacteria into the groundwater and soil, and the decomposing stew sends out methane and carbon dioxide.

Regulations allow incinerators to emit 10 times the level of dioxins permitted in the U.S., and these release cancer-causing dioxins and other poisons, according to a Chinese government study.

Link to full article.

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