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Bacteria Make Oil from Biomass
After three years of clandestine development, a Georgia company is now going public with a simple, natural way to convert anything that grows out of the Earth into oil. The inventor's formula is simple. Basically, biomass (such as grass clippings or wood chips) plus the right bacteria equals gasoline or diesel fuel.
By focusing on the output as "hydrocarbons", the company plans to address not only the fuel supply line, but the other uses of petro chemicals, such as making plastics, cosmetics, and the millions of other petrolium-based products.
The company expects to be in production by around Q2 2009.
- “He who burns his food goes hungry". -- Chinese Proverb
- “I will not sell my company until we are producing four to five billion barrels a yearz'. -- J.C. Bell
How it Works
J.C. Bell, an agricultural researcher and CEO of Bell Bio-Energy, Inc., says he's isolated and modified specific bacteria that will, on a very large scale, naturally change plant material – including the leftovers from food –- into hydrocarbons to fuel cars and trucks.
- Audio JC Bell Interview with Bud Hedinger - (WFLF-AM; March 20, 2008)
They believe that fuel could be generated for as little as 25 cents per gallon.
- The energy shortage issue can be effectively addressed, it is a totally renewable energy source, it calms global warming fears, utilizes industrial waste and supports the agriculture industry.
- "We can reduce the waste stream by 70 percent."
Company: Bell Bio-Energy, Inc.
F.Y.I., Bell Plantation, an agricultural research company, was founded by J. C. and Jo Bell in 1991.
Inventor: J.C. Bell
In the News
- Army to turn biowaste into diesel - The US Army is going forward with 7 test sites with Bell Bio-Energy to turn biodegradable waste into diesel fuel. (World Net Daily; Oct. 8, 2008)
- Their Opinion: A big story — right here in Tifton - When I last spoke with J.C. he had not decided where to locate his facilities. The Tifton chamber crowd had started “courting" him, as well they should. J.C. could change the entire economic picture for Tifton single-handedly. (Tifton Gazette; May 5, 2008)
- National news media burying amazing oil breakthrough? - A WND story last month introduced to the nation a new technique where altered bacteria "rapidly digest" everything from grass clippings and wood chips, turning them into hydrocarbons for fuels such as gasoline and diesel. If done on a large scale, it could provide billions of barrels of renewable oil every year. ('World Net Daily; April 16, 2008)
- Will JC Bell save America? - I was a journalist for more than 25 years and yet despite all those years and all those interviews, I spent 30 minutes today with someone who I can honestly say gave me the most incredible interview I have ever done. (Simon Conway Radio)
- Researcher: Discovery could end energy crisis - I listened to an interview with The CEO of Bell Bio-energy Inc on the radio today and was blown away. This could solve so many problems worldwide it’s just hard to phathom. If what this guy says he can do is true, it will revolutionize the global energy market. (Todash Chimes; April 15, 2008)
- Any biomass Into Oil - Anaerobic digestion has been used for decades in the wastewater industry to convert sludge into biogas (methane and carbon dioxide, with a few nasties at lower levels). The technology exists. The biogas could be cleaned up and converted into a liquid fuel using all conventional technology. (R-Squared Energy Blog; March 24, 2008)
- Researcher: Discovery could end energy crisis - A Tifton agricultural researcher says he has found the solution to the world’s energy crisis through genetic modification and cloning of bacterial organisms that can convert bio-mass into hydrocarbons on a grand scale. (Tifton Gazette; March 15, 2008)
See Discussion page
Long way as yet
This announcement is a long, long way from anything [practical] as yet. Not a T100 candidate at present....
The problem is not getting bacteria to grow on anything -- or to produce just about any hydrocarbon. The problem is engineering a process that produces combustible fuel (alcohol's primarily) in commercial quantities and at viable costs... also without generating significant waste in the process.
Way back when I did my PhD I was working with recombinant E.coli that produced growth hormone. Making the recombinant bacteria was the easy part. Purifying a product from them is not so easy.
I look forward to see how Bell plans to meet these challenges.
Would Be Better to Just Produce Methane
One of the big problems is that the product you are making is toxic in higher concentrations... even more so than ethanol. So you will only get a low volume yield of product for a large amount of biomass – which is a waste product in its own right. Unlike yeas waste bacterial waste is not as amenable to recycling.
And before anyone suggests a continuous fermentation process – there are massive (costly) problems in maintain a continuous process. It also generate a lot more waste water in the process and de-watering is one of the most expensive things in a downstream process.
Apart from all of this I suspect their process may not work due the problem of the long chain alcohols disrupting the cell membranes. Ethanol is only barely OK, butanol really not so good... by the time you get to octanol there are serious toxicity problems due to cell wall disruption. Octane is even worse.
So – while I would love something like this to be viable I have serious doubts that it ever will. To be honest -- they would be far better of engineering the bugs for methane production – so much easier to design a continuous and low cost process harvesting a gas.
Bell Bio-Energy, Inc.
PO Box 943
Tifton, GA 31793
PO Box 943
Tifton, GA 31793
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