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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
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-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.
-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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6 Degrees of Innovation: From the Playboy Mansion to a Hot Renewables Tech in 6 Steps

Submitted by on July 4, 2017 – 11:34 amNo Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … You see, next week, at the DOE’s annual Bioeconomy conference in the Washington DC area, four companies will pitch their business propositions to a panel of four investors and industry experts. That’s The Pitch, and I hope you make it there to one of the highlights of the DOE’s must-do industry event. And there’s a shaggy connection all the way back from The Pitch to the Playboy Mansion. Allow me to explain.

The Pitch

First, some background on The Pitch. It’s Shark Tank, but a little more educational, and the minnows get a little more constructive advice than in the well-known reality program.

Four presenters will have 15 minutes each to make “The Pitch” and they are:

Michael (Mike) Perry, CEO, Forest Concepts
Ryan Powell, Co-Founder, Manta Biofuel
John Hannon, COO, Vertimass
Girish Srinivas, Partner, TDA Research, Inc.

We start with the afore-mentioned G2 Diesel. It was a project from 11 Good Energy, and Good Energy continues today as one of the largest energy aggregators in the country. Company president was once a young Max Hoover, a scion of the Hoover vacuum cleaner fortune. A small side venture eventually became G2 Diesel.

What’s intriguing is this finding from Sylvatex:

“Sylvatex completed demonstrations on a light-duty passenger vehicle using a 43% blendstock…results showed no change in fuel consumption.”

I think the industry will be very interested to learn more about that. We’ve seen in the past that there are “sweet spots” where ethanol’s other attributes (e.g. octane) offset its lack of energy density, but the idea that you can put a 40%+ ethanol blend (nano-scale encapsulated) into a gallon of diesel and see no increase in fuel consumption is something that shouts out for more study and further confirmation. If broadly true, it would be a real breakthrough — but scientists may struggle in the short term to explain how that might work, given that ethanol has something like 40% lower energy density than diesel.

Sometimes the magic is in the mixology and you never know, maybe there’s a breakthrough in here.  READ MORE

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