Saturday, May 9, 2009

Bluefire Ethanol Company.

Arnold Klann, president and CEO of BlueFire Ethanol.

There are more than 200 biofuel companies in the world today according to Bioenergy Canada. The growing interest,research,development ,market and awareness with global warming campaigns worldwide is setting new trends for the next generation fuel. Biofuel may not completely replace but will take a greater portion of the market and eventually but will do so eventually. In US along has 170 biofuel companies, their source of raw materials range from wood,sugar cane,soyabeans,plastics,garbage,algae,jatropha,canola etc.. into bioethanol,biodiesel,biogas,syn gas and other related by products.
The rising number of biofuel producers are rapidly increasing worldwide.The list below are some of the potential developers who will carry our fuel demand /supply into 22nd century and beyond.
The following cellulosic ethanol plants are now open or in the pre-planning stages in the United States (sources, IEA Task 39 Group, Biofuels Digest, Reuters:

company name, location, capacity in Mgy and feedstock respectively).

I had been visiting their site for information on what their dynamic this organization-Company is doing well by converting wood,garbage to ethanol using efficient low cost modern technology.The most interesting thing about this company is reviving centuries old conversion of cellulose/paper /wood into sugar then ethanol and used as fuel. This was stumbled upon by then chief engineer, Ed Matovich,while in an attempt to fall asleep one night where germans used the method during WW11. Off course bad situations has always lead to new developments, the indefinite fossil fuel has cuased not restarin but new opportunities .

"Sometimes, a groundbreaking technology develops in a whitewashed laboratory amid test tubes and Bunsen burners''
Other times, it takes a case of insomnia".

Such is the story of BlueFire Ethanol, a pioneering ethanol production company whose mission is to be“a world-class producer and supplier of renewable liquid fuels by the production of ethanol fromopportunistic sources of cellulose from garbage and green waste generated by municipal sources.”
Evidently, BlueFire is succeeding in its mission. In 2007, the company was one of only four ethanolplants nationwide to be chosen to receive federal grant funding as part of the U.S. Department ofEnergy’s focus on increasing the use of renewable and alternative fuels. For BlueFire’s second planned
U.S. biorefinery plant construction in Southern California, the Department of Energy awarded the company up to $40 million in federal funds , which BlueFire began drawing upon in 2008.But the story of this innovative company begins much earlier. The seeds of BlueFire Ethanol were, in fact, planted in 1989 with the vision of Chairman, President, and CEO Arnold R. Klann. In that year,Klann launched ARK Energy, a power plant construction and operation company that aimed to produce
and promote power plants under private investment. ARK quickly grew to enjoy a nationwide presence.Seeking to discover a positive use for the energy created by the power plants, the company beganresearching alternative ethanol development technologies.It wasn’t until ARK Energy’s then chief engineer, Ed Matovich, in an attempt to fall asleep one night,happened to be reading a World War II-era textbook that he knew he was onto something big. In the book, Matovich stumbled upon a cellulose-to-ethanol process that Germany had employed during both world wars. Away from ARK’s offices and in Matovich’s home, Klann and ARK’s researchers tested the decades-old formula using acid and paper. The goal was to confirm if they could successfully extract sugar through the process. Since sugar was already a known viable component in the production of ethanol, such a confirmation would prove that solid waste could, indeed, be used to produce ethanol. Klann and his colleagues were not disappointed. Thus was born Arkenol, the parent company of the technology that birthed BlueFire Ethanol.
The push for ethanol production for use as an alternative source of fuel was nothing new. Increased dependence on foreign oil had already incentivized the development of ethanol using traditional methods such as corn conversion. Yet, with a decreasing corn supply, the cost of production was slowly
eclipsing its subsequent value as fuel.

With the cellulose-to-ethanol breakthrough in Matovich’s home, Arkenol patented the only commercially viable system of transforming cellulose waste into usable ethanol. Today, BlueFire Ethanol holds the exclusive North American license to employ the technology. As a result, BlueFire is uniquely positioned to set the industry standard in converting waste materials – such as sorted municipal waste, wood waste, green waste, straws, switchgrass, and corn stover – into ethanol.
Headquartered in Irvine, California, BlueFire Ethanol is actively pursuing its vision of partnering directly with municipalities, landfill owners, and others to build fully-integrated plants at the sites of waste disposal. Like future projected facilities, the southern California plant recognized by the Department of Energy will be located directly on an existing landfill site, allowing BlueFire to convert wood waste andbsolid waste that would otherwise occupy valuable landfill space into usable ethanol.
Because the end product enters the fuel marketplace, the market for ethanol is literally as unlimited asthe number of auto drivers. Additionally, because ethanol is clean, healthy, and incurs no negative environmental impact, demand for it will only increase alongside enhanced attention to environmental
Under the leadership of a team of seasoned experts, most of whom have been closely involved in the cellulose-to-ethanol technology since its inception under the Arkenol banner, BlueFire is poised to continue pioneering this cutting edge ethanol production technology.

In the recent news,President Obama has also promised $786.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to be provided to advance biofuels research, development and commercialization by allocating funds for commercial biorefineries.These "biorefineries" will convert widely available, inexpensive, organic materials such as agricultural residues, high-content biomass crops, wood residues, and cellulose from MSW into ethanol. BlueFire intends to build a multinational company that leads the world in producing biobased transportation fuels. Its business will encompass development activities leading to the construction and long-term operation of production facilities while maintaining technological advantage and ownership of the process technology and all its improvements.

"It is great to see the administration bring all of these agencies together for the first time in an effort to address the challenges and opportunities for next-generation biofuels in America," stated Arnold Klann, president and CEO of BlueFire Ethanol. "The administration's support of biofuels technologies is a key step toward full-scale commercial production of cellulosic ethanol and a testament to President Obama's desire to promote energy independence."

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