Mr. Ramey is putting his stock '92 Buick Park Avenue on the road again this May. The trip is to demonstrate the use of butanol as a direct replacement for gasoline.
The 100% Butanol Demonstration Trip will take him from Ohio to Brooking, SD. Mr. Ramey will be one of the presenters at The National Agricultural Biotechnology Council meeting at South Dakota State University on May 23rd. While in South Dakota, the Buick will be tested to check how it is performing, using 100% butanol as fuel.
Mr. Ramey’s Environmental Energy Inc’s Technology Development Center is now building a pilot plant to produce 50-100 gallons per week of butanol. The pilot plant will be used to characterize the process for scale-up.
The first scale-up will use waste whey from cheese making as the raw material to produce 2 million gallons of fuel grade Butanol per year.
Using existing waste material as the process feed stock will make a positive environmental impact compared to Ethanol made using farm crops. When it gets into full production, Butanol will be a superior fuel at a lower cost.
To Quote Mr. Ramey: The real thing is that no one is paying attention to our precious top soil. Corn and soy robs it and compacts the ground. Now they want to gather the castings (Stovers) and ferment it. Nature has take years to make it uneatable so that the cellulosic material goes back to make more soil.
With all the ivory tower dudes solving the cellulosic problem no one is looking for the soil scientists.
We use to have aerobic bacteria down 18 inches now it averages 10. Robbing Mother Nature has its consequences.
We have to start paying attention to long-term solutions not just lets make lots of money fast as the ethanol folks are doing.
We have to stop taking so much and start to return some.
Form more information visit the Environmental Energy Inc. web site at http://www.butanol.com
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