Los Gatos, Calif. – E-Fuel, a privately held, Los Gatos-based developer of technology for producing ethanol at home, has raised $2.6 million in venture debt, the company disclosed in a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Founded in 2007, E-Fuel has developed a “MicroFusion Reactor” that the company says will process all forms of cellulosic waste into sugar water, the key ingredient for ethanol fuel.

The MicroFusion Reactor operates as a continuous process, in which every 2 minutes the cellulosic material in the reactor’s chamber is completely processed and ready for fuel processing. Its method of wood hydrolysis dissolves any wood or other cellulosic agricultural material in a manner that is residue free, according to E-Fuel.

The machine’s output is comprised of sugar water and lignin powder. The sugar water is fermented by the MicroFueler into ethanol, while lignin is a substance used in the pharmaceutical industry as an ingredient in various cancer-fighting drugs, among other things.

According to the company, with its reactor, ethanol production costs can be as low as $0.56 per gallon, when combined with the energy saving effects of the MicroFueler and “GridBuster,” a wet ethanol-powered generator with a heat recovery feature developed by E-Fuel.

Photo credit: E-Fuel
source: smartenergynews


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