Renewable Energy Debate
Ethanol takes more energy to produce than it contributes.
There has been an on-going dispute as to whether a gallon of ethanol delivers more BTU’s than are consumed in producing it. The BRI Process makes this issue obsolete. No longer must corn kernels, grains or other purpose-grown plant materials be the only feedstocks for ethanol production. The BRI Process produces electricity and ethanol from any carbonaceous materials. As the process uses as its feedstocks waste materials that otherwise would be placed in landfills and as it produces up to 60% more electricity than is required to run a plant, the number of new BTUs required to produce a gallon of ethanol using the BRI Process is zero.
The nation could never grow enough corn or wheat to achieve energy independence.
Major energy companies have been slow to embrace ethanol, initially because it was not profitable and required state and federal subsidies, and later because they knew that the nation will never be able to produce enough corn-based ethanol to achieve energy independence.
Renewable energy proponents have now focused their attention on cellulosic ethanol, which is defined as the production of ethanol from purpose-grown plant materials, and which most experts believe is still 5-7 years away.
However, the BRI process is a generation beyond cellulosic ethanol. Not only can it efficiently convert to ethanol any purpose-grown plant materials, it can also produce ethanol from any carbon-based feedstocks. Whenever “cellulosic” technologies are perfected, they will only be able to convert the 50% cellulosic portion of plant materials into sugars and then to ethanol. The BRI process will always be almost twice as efficient, as it also converts the hemi-cellulose and lignin, or in total, 95-98% of plant materials.
Urban, forest and agricultural biomass represent some of the world’s most promising and virtually untapped energy sources, and will enable BRI plants to produce ethanol throughout the world from locally available resources. Each new plant will generate new jobs and economic stimulus.
The BRI Renewable Energy Process makes the concept of energy independence a real possibility.
Ethanol contributes to global warming.
According to the Argonne National Laboratory, the use of ethanol-blended fuels reduces CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 4.3 million tons in the United States annually. This reduction is equivalent to removing more than 636,000 cars from the roads.
The Laboratory reports that cellulosic ethanol—in either E-10 or E-85—will achieve greenhouse gas (CO2) emission reductions of 85% per gallon of ethanol used to displace an energy-equivalent amount of gasoline.