Beer. What can't it do? I mean, you can turn leftovers from the production process into ethanol or ethanol or even electricity ethanol. Want to hear something else? You can also turn it into ethanol. No, seriously. That's what the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and E-Fuel will do following today's announcement of a new agreement between the two companies to use discarded beer yeast to make high-grade ethanol.
E-Fuel will install some of its MicroFueler portable ethanol micro-refineries at a Sierra Nevada brewery in Chico, California. Sierra Nevada will then make its own ethanol right at the plant starting with tests in the second quarter of 2009. Full-scale production should be a reality later in the year. Details available after the jump, but the important part is that the stuff that used to go to local farms to feed their livestock will now be used to fuel Sierra Nevada vehicles.

[Source: E-Fuel]

PRESS RELEASE:

E-FUEL AND SIERRA NEVADA BREWING CO. JOIN FORCES TO DELIVER GREEN AND INEXPENSIVE ETHANOL FUEL

Famed Brewer's Beer Promotes Company's Energy Independence

Los Gatos, CA, February 02, 2009 – The E-Fuel Corporation has reached an agreement with the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to create high-grade ethanol fuel from discarded beer yeast.

E-Fuel, the inventor of the world's first home ethanol system – the Efuel100 MicroFueler – and Sierra Nevada have agreed to house MicroFuelers at the brewery in Chico, California, enabling Sierra Nevada to manufacture its own ethanol using waste from its brewing process. Testing will commence in Q2 2009 with a goal of achieving full-scale ethanol production in the third qaurter.

Today, most waste is transported daily by trucks to be used as dairy feed on local farmlands but that will change once Sierra Nevada takes that waste and turns it into something that's positive for both the environment and the hundreds of MicroFueler customers in the Central Valley area of California. On average, Sierra Nevada resells 1.6 million gallons of unusable "bottom of the barrel" beer yeast waste to farmers each year. Containing 5% to 8% alcohol content, the waste includes enough yeast and nutrients to enable the MicroFueler to raise that level to 15% alcohol, allowing for an increased ethanol yield. The MicroFueler will remove water from the waste to produce a high quality ethanol product.

"Creating ethanol from discarded organic waste is an excellent example of how the MicroFueler can help eliminate our reliance on the oil industry infrastructure. This is especially true when considering Americans reportedly discard 50% of all agricultural farmed products," said Tom Quinn, E-Fuel founder and CEO. "Using a waste product to fuel your car is friendlier to the environment and lighter on your wallet, easily beating prices at the gas pump."

"We are excited to partner with E-Fuel to develop an efficient way to recover waste ethanol from our spent yeast," said Ken Grossman, Founder and President, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. "This has the potential to be a great thing for the environment and further our commitment to be becoming more energy independent."

The EFuel100 MicroFueler is the world's first portable ethanol micro-refinery system. The household appliance-sized unit makes it possible for homeowners and small businesses to safely and cost-effectively create their own fuel, on-site. Dedicated to the "produce where you consume" energy model, the MicroFueler allows consumers to produce ethanol at the point of consumption, eliminating many problems associated with large-scale ethanol production, namely inefficient transportation and distribution, and the use of coal-fired electrical plants. Please visit www.efuel100.com for more information.

About E-Fuel

The E-Fuel Corporation was founded in March 2007 by Tom Quinn and ethanol scientist Floyd Butterfield to create efficient micro ethanol refinery products for people who want to break their dependency on oil. As chairman of E-Fuel, a privately held company, Quinn has solely funded the company and is instrumental in both corporate leadership and product development.

With more than 30 people employed in Los Gatos and Paso Robles, California and China, the employees of E-Fuel represent some of the top United States ethanol researchers and proven Silicon Valley professionals who draw upon diverse expertise in the ethanol, electronics, automotive and software industries.

E-Fuel creates ethanol micro refinery products that conform to U.S. safety and durability standards and include modern safety features. E-Fuel products are available for purchase online and through a network of worldwide resellers. For more information, visit www.efuel100.com



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