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

Make more than excuses

Don’t look to Washington’s finest for credible energy and climate solutions. Legislation, perhaps.  Our politicians spend a lot of their time appearing in dignified settings courtesy of the US taxpayer, meeting important (and not so important) people, shaking lots of hands, listening and talking, smiling and chatting amiably with one another like lovable, peaceable Smurfs.

So our politicos are good at face time. But they’re terrible at addressing our biggest problems. Like balancing the federal budget, reducing trade deficits, or curbing the runaway growth of the national debt (Good luck with that). Or winding up our military affairs in the Middle East. Securing our borders. Stopping the BP oil spill.  Pulling out all stops for a cleaner environment and a greener energy economy. You get the point.

When you consider that the energy, economic and environmental problems we face are in many ways caused by buying, burning and spilling dirty energy sources (oil and coal), while being utterly [addicted] dependent on consuming both energy sources, it easy to see we’ve got a long way to go to renewable energy independence and a healthier natural world.  And a short time to get there.

How far on the road to energy independence is the USA when it comes to next-generation biofuels?  We’ve only just begun.

Consider the paltry 88 million gallons of biodiesel produced this year from animal fat mentioned in the quote below, and add the 10 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol, then be generous and round it up to get 100 million gallons of “next-generation” biofuel capacity in 2010. This drop in the bucket represents an entire year of biofuel production beyond corn ethanol, which is currently about 12 billion gallons per year, and which is capped at 15 billion gallons per year.

100 million gallons of next-generation biofuels produced this year?  Big whoop. Americans burn 378 million gallons of gasoline a day, according to EIA.  That’s 138 billion gallons a year.

“Next-generation U.S. biofuel capacity should reach about 88 million gallons in 2010, thanks in large measure to one plant becoming commercially operational in 2010, using non-cellulosic animal fat to produce green diesel. U.S. production capacity for cellulosic biofuels is estimated to be 10 million gallons for 2010, much less than the 100 million gallons originally mandated for use by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. In early 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency lowered the cellulosic biofuel mandate to 6.5 million gallons, more in line with production prospects.”

“Developing the capacity to use multiple feedstocks and to produce biobased fuels that are equivalent to fossil fuels that can be used in current vehicles without limit and distributed seamlessly in the existing transportation sector may become the least risky business model to pursue.”

May 2010 USDA report “Next-Generation Biofuels Near-Term Challenges and Implications for Agriculture

Meanwhile, back in realityville:

Who’s making plans for renewable fuel production in hometown America? Who’s laying the business and technology foundation to develop advanced biofuels near you? Look around and you’ll see plenty of waste and biomass resources that could make water soluble, biodegradable fuel for a global marketplace.  Look a bit further and you’ll see an opportunity to make an energy product the entire world needs and almost nobody makes yet:  Cleaner fuel from stuff nobody wants.

Your trash, along with your neighbor’s trash, and non-crop biomass, is a constantly replenishing stream of renewable energy resources that can be converted into valuable mixed alcohol fuels.  Think big here, there’s plenty of trash and biomass, and plenty of coal, coal fines, petroleum coke, or flare gas and methane.

Right now it’s just more municipal solid waste headed to the landfill or incinerator to make marginal amounts of electricity at best.  Just another day in a status quo that no longer quite serves.

America doesn’t just need national legislation to support clean energy investment and promote a cleaner environment, it needs committed people in America’s cities and economic regions, armed with cleaner fuels technologies to convert what’s currently viewed as waste into dollars and sense.  Waste, like politics, is local. And so is green energy.

Enough excuses. Let’s make cleaner fuels the world can use.  What’s beyond dirty petroleum?  Clean mixed alcohols.

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Delivering the Bioroot Energy message to Washington

Senator Max Baucus, Jay Toups, CEO, Bioroot Energy, Senator Jon Tester

Bioroot Energy spent this week in Washington discussing clean energy legislation and meeting with people from all walks of life. It’s safe to say that the Bioroot Energy story is officially on the radar with Montana’s congressional delegation and staffers, as well as key Montana citizens and environmental groups for responsible climate and energy legislation. From the warm reception of our clean energy mission, and the messages delivered by our 11 member citizen lobby group, sponsored by Climate Solutions and Clean Energy Works, it was a successful trip and our messages were well received and timely.

People who care about our environment and the role of governments in legislation supporting clean energy are happy hearing about any business that could potentially put lots of people to work making cleaner transportation fuels, and clean up the environment in the process.

Pictured left to right:  Senator Max Baucus, Charles Sangmeister, KC Golden, Diane Yarus, Chris Brooks, Michelle Tafoya,  Eric Grimsrud, Jay Toups, Jon Turk, Cilla Mosley, Arlo Sakari, William Walks Along, Senator Jon Tester

American citizens and our elected officials are beginning to better understand what other countries have long known – that aggressive pursuit of research and development of technology that will set the  pace for the world’s transition to a new energy economy and grant the winners huge, long-term economic benefits.

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Bioroot Energy goes to Washington May 17-20

Bioroot Energy will travel to Washington DC on May 18 to meet with with members of Congress, including Montana’s two senators, Max Baucus and Jon Tester, and Congressman Denny Rehberg, as well as hopefully sharing our story with the world via NPR.

Want to send a strong message to our beloved politicians to get our renewable energy act together and reduce the risks of using, burning and spilling oil all over God’s creation? Here’s a real good opportunity.  Please leave a personal endorsement of our project here:

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