Ethanol Fuel Made From Beer Waste Hits Consumer Market In California

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, June 4, 2009

Some state vehicles will soon be using fuel made from beer waste. 

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports... 
Left-over hops and grain from California’s Sierra Nevada brewery could end up in the gas tank of your vehicle.  That’s if you decide to make your own ethanol at home as part of the new
E-Microfueler program.  Here’s how it works:  the San Diego-based Greenhouse Company delivers brewery waste to a 50-gallon gas tank in your garage.  It changes into ethanol and you can fill your tank. Chris Ursitti is CEO of Greenhouse.  He says the E-Fuel alcohol blend of ethanol is better than ethanol that uses corn...a major supply of food around the globe... 
 “We are taking waste products that are out there in the world.  Your beer companies, wine companies, soda companies.  So that’s where this is coming from.  (Shadley asks) So should we drink more beer to save the planet?  (Ursitti responds) Absolutely.  Laughs...
Governor Schwarzenegger says the state is participating in a pilot program where some state vehicles will test the E-Fuel ethanol.
The governor says the fuel will help reduce America’s dependence on foreign fossil fuels and cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming.   It’s not cheap, a E-Microfueler gas pump will cost you ten grand.