E-Fuel Corporation has unveiled the final production model of the E-Fuel MicroFueler. The final MicroFueler product, which starts shipping in July to customers in California, is more than 60% smaller and 80% lighter when compared to the original concept unit shown last year.
|Design of the MicroFueler. Click to enlarge.|
The size and weight reduction is due to several design improvements to the core ethanol conversion column that is now capable of processing various organic waste material, as well as cellulosic and algae feedstocks.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, CA plans to install a MicroFueler this year and use its beer waste to power its vehicles. The State of California’s Department of General Services is also exploring a pilot program to test the MicroFueler with its flex-fuel vehicles.
E-Fuel has identified billions of gallons of organic waste worldwide which can act as the primary source of fuel for MicroFueler production of ethanol. One example is the “beer slurry” discarded from breweries. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co discards 1.6 million gallons of beer slurry each year, and has agreed to test MicroFuelers at its plant, with a goal of creating its own E-Fuel E100 ethanol for its fleet of vehicles and other purposes.
The MicroFueler is available for US customers for $9,995.00, not including any federal, state or local rebates.
The MicroFueler solution has been expanded to include the new GridBuster electric generator. The MicroFueler supports the optional GridBuster through a direct-connect fuel feed and intelligent control circuitry. The fuel is automatically combined with 50% water for optimal efficiency ad pumped to the GridBuster.