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Providing consumers a superior fuel product to gasoline that's environmentally-friendly, inexpensive, and accessible to everyone.
Weight (without feedstock): 200lbs.
Dimensions: 72" H x 42" W x 72" D (maximum size, final production units will
Feedstock tank capacity: 200 US gallons or 400 lbs.
Fuel tank capacity: 30 US gallons
Temperature: -20° F (-29° C) to 104° F (40° C)
Operating cycle time: 7 days max.
Output potential per cycle: up to 70 US gallons
Water consumption: 0-4 US gallons per gallon of ethanol produced
Key lock for operation
Power: 110V, 20 amp breaker
Tap water supply with drain
Feedstock: must contain sugar or alcohol
Warranty: 1 year limited. Extended warranties available.
The MicroFueler includes a fermentation tank with an enclosure on one end that houses distillation and fuel dispensing equipment. The machine operates automatically, managed by the user through an
LCD interface. The user only needs to turn it on and fill it with E-Fuel feedstock.
The feedstock is an inexpensive form of sugar, combined with yeast and yeast nutrients.
When this mixture is added to the fermentation tank, it is automatically mixed with a measured amount of water and the fermentation process begins. In this process, yeast consume the sugar and convert it to ethanol, carbon dioxide gas, and heat. A high tech control system manages the pumps, agitator, valves, fans, sensors, and thermoelectric coolers that automatically maintain the proper fermentation environment.
After fermentation, the ethanol must be concentrated to be a fuel. Over a period of several days, it is slowly pumped from the fermentation tank through a distillation column, which creates a vapor of ethanol and water.
The vapor is fed to a unique membrane, designed specifically for the MicroFueler. The smaller water molecules pass through the wall of this membrane while the larger ethanol molecules stream through the exit port. A number of heat exchangers and thermoelectric coolers convert the ethanol and water vapors back into liquids and make this process energy efficient. The water is recycled and the fuel grade ethanol is available for use.
Fuel is metered and dispensed just like at a gas station through a retractable hose and nozzle.
Local fuel production for gasoline-powered internal combustion engines.
Requires a fuel conversion kit not included in the price of the Micro Fueler.
(2.06 Minutes Kelli Franke on using EFuel's MicroFueler
Kelli talks about how restaurants and breweries can use E-Fuel Corporation's MicroFueler to make Ethanol from discarded alcohol.
(YouTube May 8, 2008)
$10,000 USD for system, under $1 per gallon for Ethanol production.
E-Fuel was founded in 2007 by entrepreneur Tom Quinn and ethanol scientist Floyd Butterfield to create the world's first home ethanol product for people who want to break their dependency on oil. E-Fuel has created a business model and product design that makes home ethanol access practical and cost competitive against gasoline. To achieve this, E-Fuel focused on three goals:
: Removing the costly oil infrastructure from the process of producing and delivering ethanol
: Use of carbon credits to reduce pricing of ethanol feedstock
: Stimulate ethanol demand through low cost of ethanol fuel (under $1 per gallon)
Thomas Quinn, President and CEO
Thomas Quinn has over thirty years of leadership experience in the high-tech sector. Mr. Quinn has built four successful start-up companies, the most recent being Gyration, Inc., the patent holder of the Nintendo Wii controller.
At Gyration, where Mr. Quinn served as president and CEO, he raised $40 million in equity financing and in 2004 sold the company to Thomson, Inc. Prior to Gyration, Mr. Quinn founded Samsung Information Systems America (SISA), a servicer of memory storage products in San Jose, CA, which he grew to $200 million in revenues. Prior to SISA, Mr. Quinn was President of Novell, Inc., the country's first local network company. While at Novell, Mr. Quinn helped grow revenues to over a billion dollars and achieved a 60% profit margin. Prior to Novell, Mr. Quinn helped develop the industry's first micro processor interface hard disk drive at Seagate (Shugart Associates).
Mr. Quinn has multiple patents in the areas of inertia gyro and human motion translation. Mr. Quinn attended De Anza College.
Floyd Butterfield, VP, Biofuels
Floyd S. Butterfield has over twenty-five years of experience in the biofuels industry. Mr. Butterfield serves as Director of Engineering and Manufacturing and is a Board member for Diversified Ethanol in Eagle Grove, Iowa, a small public ethanol manufacturer capable of producing 0.5 to 4 million gallons per year with multiple plants.
Prior to his tenure at Diversified Ethanol, Mr. Butterfield founded FSB Energy, a provider of design, construction and operational consulting services to the biofuel and geothermal industries. Mr. Butterfield also founded and served as COO of Curbside Container Company, where he developed six patents related to recycling containers. He also served as CEO of FSB Farming, a grower of carrots and tomatoes for large packing operations. Mr. Butterfield also designed and built a small fuel alcohol plant which won the California Fuel Alcohol Plant Design Competition sponsored by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Mr. Butterfield holds a B. A. in Geophysics from Occidental College and attended the Colorado School of Mines? Geophysics Masters Program.
Bruce Padula, VP, Sales and Marketing
Bruce Padula has over twenty years of technology sector sales and marketing experience. Most recently Mr. Padula was Senior VP of Sales for Gyration where he marketed and sold end-user products in the consumer electronics industry and remote control products in the professional presentation and education markets.
Directory:Ethanol > The EFuel100 MicroFueler™ is the world's first portable ethanol micro-refinery system it replaces the traditional ethanol reflux column system with a solid state distillation technology, making it possible for homeowners and small businesses to safely and cost-effectively create their own fuel, on-site (available 4th Quarter, 2008).
Make Ethanol In Your Own Backyard - A Silicon Valley start-up called E-Fuel is showing exactly how ethanol can live up to its name as "the people´s fuel." The company recently announced that it will soon start selling a home ethanol system, the E-Fuel 100 MicoFueler, which will allow anyone to make ethanol from sugar, water, yeast, and electricity in their own backyard. (PhysOrg May 9, 2008)
E-Fuel's MicroFueler -the home-based ethanol production system that makes gas from sugar or stale beer, was unveiled for the first time today in New York. E-Fuel says it will now take preorders for the $10,000 system, and will ship it by the end of the year. (Gizmodo May 12, 2008)
"Damn fine backyard booz machine there ... just need to add a chiller and a bar and your all set for a nonstop party. I can see this one getting regulated out of use real fast." Congress:Member:Mark Snoswell
On May 12, 2008, New Energy Congress member, Nicholas Tastad wrote:
10 lbs of sugar per gallon
each gallon only 2/3 the energy content of gasoline
Okay, maybe right now a guy can hoard sugar at 10 cents a lb or whatever some guy down in Mexico says he can sell it for. What happens when only a couple thousand people start burning through 10 lbs of sugar every 15 miles or so. Let's say 50,000 people at an average of 3000 miles per year start using this thing. My numbers say that's 10 BILLION lbs of sugar to keep 50,000 people rolling down the road at a relatively conservative conservative 3000 miles per year. This thing isn't going to save America. It wouldn't surprise me if some secret sugar producers guild put up the financing up for the R&D and production of this thing.
Could any mercantile exchange in the world move an extra 10 billion lbs without hotrodding the price to dollars per pound?
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