Biofuel and the Environment
Biofuels allow us to power our lives with a 100% renewable, climate-friendly supplement to petroleum-based fossil fuels.
Blue Biofuels produces a fuel that is gentler on our environment, providing a non-toxic, cost-effective alternative with a low carbon footprint.
But that’s not all — the fuel can also help reduce foreign energy dependence and contribute to rural economies.
Blue Biofuels carbon cycle
Our biomass sources — various plant materials — capture CO2 from the atmosphere while growing. When consumed as biofuel, they release this back into the atmosphere in a closed loop, emitting only small amounts of new CO2 into the atmosphere from the energy used in our efficient CTS process.
Fossil fuels, on the other hand, pull trapped carbon from underground, releasing new greenhouse gases into the atmosphere when consumed.
The U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard requires producers of second-generation biofuels to reduce GHG emissions by at least 50% compared to baseline petroleum emissions. Standard biofuels have to achieve a 20% reduction in GHG emissions, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Blue Biofuels ethanol is biodegradable
Blue Biofuels relies on abundant plant material for our feedstocks. From fast-growing crops to agricultural waste, such as bagasse from the sugarcane industry. We use materials that don’t compete with the country’s food production.
Our patented cellulose-to-sugar (CTS) process works with a recyclable catalyst and doesn’t release toxic chemicals into the atmosphere or the water supply. Unblended, our ethanol is completely biodegradable.
Feedstocks are 100% renewable
Our technology can convert nature’s battery into biofuels for transportation and aviation using 100% renewable, abundant biomass.
But that battery does not have an infinite shelf-life. If we don’t use biomass, it will naturally decompose. It’s estimated that 5 billion tons of biomass can be sustainably harvested each year, which can be converted into 500 billion gallons of ethanol. That’s enough to replace half the transportation fuels used in the entire world.
Biofuel doesn’t impact land resources
Because we can convert biofuel from virtually any cellulosic biomass, we can rely on high-yield, abundant plant materials. Our biofuel won’t divert agricultural lands from their intended purpose — and instead, will source feedstocks such as king grass and bagasse (waste from the sugarcane industry). Through our work with the USDA, we have proven that king grass can sustainably grow on previously disused, unproductive farm lands in South Florida with little effort.
Blue Biofuels looks toward sustainability
As a cleantech company focused on revolutionizing the biofuel industry, we aim to deliver a scalable, highly efficient and low-cost technology.
With increasing demand for renewable fuel options, our groundbreaking CTS process is a pathway to produce ethanol and jet fuel with a low carbon footprint. That means:
- Environmentally friendly: Keeping cars on the road and planes in the sky while keeping trees green and the air clean.
- Greater availability of feedstock: Creating large-scale quantities of biofuel to meet the growing green energy demand by working with abundant cellulosic plant-based material. This will allow us to expand the use of ethanol and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) beyond what is made from corn today.
- Lower-cost feedstock: We use feedstocks that are inexpensive compared to corn and other first-generation biofuels feedstocks. Our CTS process can also use the entire plant versus just the seed, as seen in corn-based ethanol.
- Faster: Our CTS system is a continuous-flow process that takes less than a minute to convert cellulose into soluble, fermentable sugars. Other cellulosic processes operate in batch mode and often rely on slow-converting enzymes to digest the cellulose.