Changing Our Fuel Paradigm

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"Several years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Thomas Quinn, who invented the motion sensor technology for Nintendo's Wii gaming system, believed he could bring fuel production to individuals," says ITT.

Quinn's dream became a reality in the MicroFueler, a machine that allows individuals to create their own ethanol at home easily and safely from waste.

"With Quinn's sense of what makes a winning product, the MicroFueler was made small, light and smart — with an internal Internet connection that remotely monitors the product performance and automatically 'phones home' when the pump needs service attention. With Quinn's financial backing, this new pump has moved into limited production and has solid, global growth aspirations."

"Last year, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger held a press conference to credit the MicroFueler for ushering in the 'dawn of the organic fuel era.'" Watch a video of the press conference below to see Governor Schwarzenegger introduce Quinn, who then describes the MicroFueler and what can be done with it:

Ethanol production lends itself to small-scale, local production, which has the potential to help people everywhere, including developing countries. The government of India has already expressed interest in hundreds of thousands of MicroFuelers to help homeowners in remote areas produce their own cooking fuel.

Here's an eight-minute video of Thomas Quinn describing his MicroFueler and its companion machine, the GridBuster:

Quinn says we're shifting from a "central energy distribution system" to a "micro distribution system," which he says is similar to what happened when Apple Computer entered the computer market at a time when IBM's model was central computing mainframes. Apple worked to create the micro or personal computer model that we have today.

In the following short video, Quinn shows you the inside of the MicroFueler and describes how it works:

In the following short video, Floyd Butterfield, the chief scientist for E-Fuel Corporation, describes how the MicroFueler works (using computer animation):

Below is a four-minute video by the Los Angeles Times showing GreenHouse partnering with E-Fuel to turn waste into fuel:

How much does the MicroFueler cost? On the video above, the narrator says the retail price is $10,000 but with a $5000 "stimulus rebate" the unit will really only cost you $5000.

If you'd like to learn more, CNN Money ran a good story about the MicroFueler: Run Your Car on Compost. And there is plenty of information at the web site.


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