Machine makes ethanol fuel in your backyard

June 4, 2009 9:41:43 PM PDT
Gov. Schwarzenegger helped a Los Gatos company unveil a new machine Thursday that makes it possible to manufacture ethanol fuel in your own backyard.

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E-Fuel says all people have to do is add food waste, a special yeast mix and water and voila: it is converted into ethanol that can be used to fill up their car.

Company officials call it the first portable micro-refinery system - but it is essentially a still.

"It's a still absolutely we've eliminated the combustion heat that's normally used to run the still and we have what we call a composite plastic design that separates the water and the sugar and all that other yeast and stuff like that at low temperatures," E-Fuel CEO Tom Quinn said.

The machines cost about $10,000, but there is currently a $5,000 federal rebate available to help offset the price.

The company estimates it will cost about $2.25 per gallon to make the fuel.

Link: E-Fuel

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