DIY ethanol claimed by US inventors
US inventors claim they have perfected a device that allows people to make their own ethanol.
E-Fuel Corporation was launched by Floyd Butterfield and plan to market the $10,000 MicroFueler, which can produce ethanol for as little as 50p a gallon, reports vnunet.com.
The machine uses sugar, water and electricity to make the fuel in combination with a specially developed yeast formula. The company plans to launch in the UK, the US and China by the end of the year.
Company co-founder Thomas Quinn, who is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the man behind the Nintendo Wii motion sensor, told the International Herald Tribune: "It is going to cause havoc in the market and cause great financial stress in the oil industry."
Mr Quinn said that other fuels can be used within the combination in the MicroFueler, and he makes his own by collecting waste alcohol.
The Oklahoman newspaper has reported that the state has been investing a new potential biofuel called switchgrass, which is native to the land and grows on marginal land not suitable for food crops.
It is seen as better for the environment because its production will not contribute to food shortages.
Article Date: 28 April 2008
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