Hello Microfueler, Goodbye Gas Station
One of the companies I’m most interested in right now is the EFuel Corporation. Based in Los Gatos, CA, EFuel produces a home ethanol device called the MicroFueler – the world’s first home ethanol refinery system. Now you can make ethanol in your own garage and use it to run your car.
A MicroFueler can produce up to 35 gallons of ethanol a week and runs on a standard household AC power supply. Sugar, yeast and water ferment, and the high tech filtration system efficiently separates out the ethanol.
But wait, it gets better! Sierra Nevada Brewery plans to use the MicroFueler to turn discarded beer yeast into fuel for its fleet of biofuel trucks. Sierra Nevada generates 1.6 million gallons of “bottom of the barrel” beer yeast waste each year, which it now sells to farmers as feed. But going forward, management plans to use MicroFuelers to run their whole fleet of biofuel trucks.
Why am I so excited about EFuel? DesignMind is working on some really interesting software that monitors the efficiency of all the MicroFuelers out in the field, and allows owners to monitor their units using a web-based dashboard.
Our team of experts used C# and SQL Server to develop a software emulator of a physical Microfueler and control panels to monitor an entire fleet of them. We also developed dashboards for monitoring and controlling the devices, and an e-commerce website which was integrated with their ERP system. You can read more about the Clean Tech project here.
On June 4th, EFuel will be in Sacramento to launch the MicroFueler with California Governor Schwarzenegger, who’s a leading proponent of renewable energy sources. As governor, Schwarzenegger signed California’s signature clean energy regulations into law in 2006. Known as the California Global Warming Solutions Act, the law requires the state to dramatically cut its greenhouse gas emissions.
Check out this cool new alternative energy device, and the next time you’re ready for a cold beer, go green by drinking a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale!