COMPANY BACKGROUND, PRODUCTS and INVESTMENT
What is the E-Fuel Corporation?
The E-Fuel Corporation was founded in 2008 by entrepreneur Tom Quinn and ethanol fuel CTO Floyd Butterfield to create an efficient micro-fuel refinery product so consumers, businesses and large communities can break their dependence on oil. E-Fuel has developed a business model and product design that makes fuel and power access practical and cost competitive against the centralized energy establishment.
What is E-Fuel Corporation's mission?
E-Fuel's mission is to provide everyone access to making their own reliable and clean energy that is superior to the centralized energy establishment, kind to the environment, inexpensive to produce, and easily accessible. To accomplish this, E-Fuel has introduced the MicroFueler™ and E-Fuel MicroGrid™ energy products as the smart alternative to centralized energy manufacturers. The MicroFueler is designed to be both environmentally sound, scalable and a money saving device for all energy production requirements which is the most two important characteristics not found in the same multifunctional renewable energy products.
Where is the MicroFueler manufactured?
Manufacturing takes place in Paso Robles, California (USA). Distribution center is located in the United States (US).
How can someone become an E-Fuel customer or distributor?
E-Fuel is actively seeking qualified customer relationships worldwide. If you are interested in becoming an E-Fuel customer, send us an email to our sales department. Once we have reviewed your email, an E-Fuel representative will be in touch with you to discuss the opportunity in more detail. Businesses already involved in the sales and service of automobiles are particularly well suited. Please note that E-Fuel will be evaluating customers throughout 2017 and may not get back in touch with you until such time as we are actively soliciting for your geographic area. If you have questions in the meantime.
How is the E-Fuel Corporation financed?
Currently, the E-Fuel Corporation is primarily funded by its founders.
Who developed the EFuel100 MicroFueler™ product?
All E-Fuel technology and products were designed and manufactured internally by E-Fuel Corporation.
Does E-Fuel own intellectual property or have any patents pending?
Yes, E-Fuel has filed numerous patents on the MicroFueler and MicroGrid design and concept.
Is E-Fuel offering corporate interest opportunities?
Inquiries can be submitted online via our Contact Form.
SAFETY & LEGAL ISSUES
Is ethanol production legal?
Ethanol production is legal in the United States and most countries. Americans have been manufacturing their own ethanol fuel for more than 100 years. Consult with your local authorities if you have any concerns about purchasing and operating an ethanol distillation system on your property.
Do I need a permit to produce my own ethanol?
If you reside in the United States and wish to operate a system in the United States you must obtain a permit. The U.S. Department of Treasury provides free permits for small property owners who want to produce ethanol fuel. Federal forms are available here. Property owners should also check on local and state requirements. Note - when completing the federal form please observe the following: (1) Section 1, typically you will select SMALL or MEDIUM when for use; (2) Section 11, the manufacturer is "E-Fuel Corporation," for serial # insert "MicroFueler TBD," for kind of still insert "Continuous Still," and for capacity consult your product specification;" (3) Section 12, for Basic Materials select "Sugar based crops." If you wish to own/operate a system outside of the United States, please contact your local authorities for any applicabale regulations.
Is it safe to produce ethanol?
Yes. The MicroFueler™ operates without any dangerous combustion. Organic waste ingredients used in the fermentation and distillation process are non-toxic.
Is it legal to store fuel around the property?
Ethanol is a type of alcohol commonly found in and around household products. Most US gasoline grades contain some blend of ethanol which are stored in vehicles ranging from power mowers to cleaning solutions and medicines. As with other fuel-based or combustible products, care must be taken to keep ethanol from flames and sources of extreme heat. Federal law requires that the actual ethanol production happen outside the living structure, and most government regulations require all fuels to be stored outside of home living structures.
Is ethanol safe to drink?
No! Like other fuels, ethanol is pure alcohol which is unsafe to consume. E-Fuel100 ethanol is poisonous.
PURCHASE & COST OF OPERATION
How much does the MicroFueler cost and when may I realize a return on my investment?
Based on your fuel and power requirements please consult with E-Fuel's sales representative. US customers may be eligible for a state or federal tax credits which may reduce the effective cost by 50% of the purchase price once the credit is received. (See IRS form 8911, Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit.) Complete pricing and product specifications will not be available until product introductions in 2017.
How can I buy the MicroFueler™?
Please contact your E-Fuel sales representatives for purchase. However, products and final specifications will not be available until announced in 2017.
How much power is used to produce 1 gallon of ethanol?
Approximately 3 KWh are used to produce 1 US gallon of E100 ethanol.
How do I get organic fuel (feedstock) to make ethanol?
There are numerous ways of obtaining feedstock, but under most circumstances consumers will contract with their Authorized E-Fuel Distributor for assistance for regular delivery and supply of feedstock. All customers can be trained to service their own E-Fuel product or purchase an E-Fuel maintenance contract.
Are there tax savings if purchased in the USA?
Yes. Typically states and federal governments provide some kind of tax incentives. Visit http://www.eere.energy.gov/afdc/ethanol/incentives_laws.html for more information.
USE OF THE MICROFUELER
What precautions have been taken to ensure the MicroFueler is safe from unauthorized operation and dispenses ethanol safely?
The MicroFueler and MicroGrid products are equipped with an electronic key lock pump and a mechanical hose locking apparatus to prevent unauthorized operation and tampering. It also has a motion sensor that will shut the unit down if it is moved during pump operation. Of course, like all other fuel filling stations, people should not use cigarettes, matches, lighters, electrical sparks or any other heat or flame sources anywhere near the pump and MicroFueler unit. The MicroFueler is non-combustible, meaning it doesn't use flames during ethanol production.
How will the MicroFueler be used at a typical home or business?
The MicroFueler and MicroGrid products has been designed to operate outdoors, similar to other fuel related generators and flammable. It comes equipped with a 50-foot retractable fuel hose and nozzle, to dispense fuel directly into vehicles or into a safe fuel container. In the US, the MicroFueler must be operated outside the home structure pursuant to government regulations.
Does the MicroFueler require a lot of water to operate?
No. On the contrary, depending upon the feedstock soruce E-Fuel products may in some cases recover up to 4 gallons of water for every gallon of fuel produced from the biomass source.
What does the MicroFueler need to operate?
Depending upon customer order specification, no external power is required when operating off biomass boiler generator is used. Without biomass boiler a 220 power supply is required and water drain.
How may fluids from the MicroFueler be disposed of?
Waste water output from the MicroFueler is simply water and yeast residue. It is safe to dispose down the drain into a sewer system or anaerobic septic system. It may also be reclaimed for use in irrigation or other grey water applications. In some cases, depending upon the organic fuel used, the discharge may be reclaimed and used for fertilizer or filtered for fresh water use.
What ingredients are needed to create ethanol?
Many commonly available waste materials are suitable for producing ethanol. Generally products rich in residual sugar, alcohol, fermentable substances (i.e., dairy prducts, distressed fruit, candies, etc.) as well as cellulosic materials and even algae. Generally, users will not be concerned with the fuel used as feedstock as it will be delivered by your authorized distributor and monitored by E-Fuel support through E-Fuel Global Network.
Can the MicroFueler and MicroGrid products process discarded liquor or other alcohol beverages into ethanol?
Does the MicroFueler and MicroGrid products have filters which require maintenance and/or replacement?
The MicroFueler features an array of internal sensors which monitor virtually every operating aspect of the unit. In the event a filter requires service, a notification is automatically sent through the E-Fuel Global Network.
Will ethanol damage my car?
The fact is, today in the United States all cars are fueled with a mixture of ethanol and gasoline. The issue is the mixture (e.g. E85 is 85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) and whether the automobile is capable of using a specific blend, all the way up to 100% ethanol. Generally speaking, virtually all cars may use up to 100% ethanol if equipped with a proper conversion kit. Conversion kits ares widely available from multiple manufacturers and dealers. Also, a growing movement toward the sale of Flex Fuel vehicles by auto makers means many automobiles are equipped to run off 85% ethanol without further modification. One side note: the MicroFueler is designed to not only produce 100% ethanol, but also any blend with gasoline. Should the consumer wish to use a blend, the MicroFueler will make sure the exact blend is available directly at the point of consumption. This will allow vehicle owners the option of optimizing proper fuel blend performance for each specific vehicle they own. There are a number of factors to consider when converting to run on ethanol. Please consult with the respective conversion kit manufacturer for details concerning your specific vehicle.
How will ethanol affect my automobile's fuel mileage?
A U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored test found that using a 30% ethanol blend improved fuel mileage in new non-flex fuel vehicles because ethanol has a higher amount of octane (power) than gasoline and burns slower, thus making ethanol a more efficient fuel than gasoline. In general, the higher a vehicle's engine performance is relative to engine piston compression, the more ethanol will improve performance and fuel mileage. That is why the IndyCar Series uses 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol in its Honda Indy V-8 engines.
Isn't ethanol production just as harmful to the environment as fossil fuel consumption?
Criticism of ethanol production is often concerned with what happens when the world starts clearing vast amounts of forests to grow biofuel plants, such as corn. However, the MicroFueler is the first US ethanol refinery product to run off any kind of sugar feedstock.
Ethanol is made from sugar (a process called fermentation).