Home Brew for the Car, Not the Beer Cup
The high price of fuel is opening the door to opportunities that we've been unable to exploit in the past. Soon we will see a revolution in the sources and availability of fuels and electricity. At first the costs will be high, the efficiencies and resulting benefits not so high. Later, after a few years of refinements, things will get better - much better.
The highlighted article refers to a technology that's well established but not well-tried. Supply lines and support services don't exist yet - but $4 gas will push people to do what it takes to turn the dreams into reality:
Mr. Butterfield thinks that the MicroFueler is as much a game changer as the personal computer. He says that working with Mr. Quinn’s microelectronics experts — E-Fuel now employs 15 people — has led to breakthroughs that have cut the energy requirements of making ethanol in half. One such advance is a membrane distiller, which, Mr. Quinn says, uses extremely fine filters to separate water from alcohol at lower heat and in fewer steps than in conventional ethanol refining. Using sugar as a feedstock means that there is virtually no smell, and its water byproduct will be drinkable.