Do-It-Yourself Fuel Takes Off with Home Device

May 12, 2008 03:03 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
by findingDulcinea staff
The E-Fuel Corporation recently unveiled a device that turns sugar, yeast and water, or even left-over booze, into 100 percent ethanol.

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With ethanol and other biofuels gaining in popularity but not always easy to find, many consumers are taking their fueling and energy needs into their own hands. One company is trying to make doing so a bit easier.

The MicroFueler hooks up to a water line, a 110 or 220 volt power supply and a wastewater drain, similar to a washing machine. Company founder Tom Quinn predicts that the home device will cause a “paradigm shift.”

“Just as the PC brought desktop computing to the home, E-Fuel will bring the filling station to the home,” Quinn told Wired magazine.

Wired notes that it is debatable whether the home-brewed ethanol will save consumers money, as the device costs almost $10,000 and the user has to pay for sugar, yeast and water. Other skeptics point out that quality control is an issue.

But the market for ethanol has boomed with the introduction of “flex fuel” vehicles that can run on either gasoline or ethanol.

The Micro-Fueler is just one in a long list of alternative fuel devices available to consumers. Other options include home biodiesel production kits and solar panels. In addition, the Internet has available instructions on everything from how to convert your car to run on vegetable oil to creating your own wind turbines.

Headline Link: ‘Make fuel at home with portable DIY refinery’

Video: Homemade biodiesel

Related Topics: Alternative fuels and transportation

Background: The energy crisis

Reference: Ethanol, vegetable oil, solar energy


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