Bonnie Blue Fuels and Chemicals, LLC Anderson, Alabama
Has anybody noticed a dramatic increase in fuel prices after January, 2021? These prices are causing massive inflation, from the cost of driving, airline tickets, and all goods shipped by truck, which includes just about everything. There is no mystery about what is causing these price increases. It is supply and demand. The current administration intentionally cut the supply, while the demand remains the same. The result is skyrocketing prices and a wrecked economy.
Why was the supply cut? The current federal administration says it is to force us to use renewable energy instead of fossil fuels to curb global warming. Although the models of human-induced global warming are uncertain, we agree that careless use of fossil fuels is a bad idea. It is an even worse idea to force people to use other energy sources that have not yet been developed, or have been insufficiently developed for mass use. Look no further than today’s economy for proof. They are trying to force us to use technology that does not yet exist, or is insufficient for massive use. Just imagine if most of the American people could afford to buy an all-electric car. What would happen to the power grid? It would collapse and America would come to a stand still for months if not years. Electricity isn’t free. It must be generated and much of that generation still comes from fossil fuels. Nuclear energy is unpopular and very expensive. Wind and solar energy can supply PART of our needs, and is good for reducing peak demand during summer heat waves. Recent events in Texas showed what happens from an over reliance on wind and solar before those technologies are fully developed.
What is the current administration NOT doing? They are not funding development of alternatives to fossil fuels to a significant extent. Specifically, it very hard to get federal funding to take laboratory developments through pilot plants and then to market. The result is that many good ideas never get past the research laboratory. That is where YOU come in. We are asking for a large number of small donations that will enable us to produce renewable fuels at a reasonable cost. We will start small as not to incur large debt, and expand into additional sources of raw material and production methods by reinvestment of most of our profits.
We will start with small turn-key systems to produce biodiesel and biogas. The source will be waste cooking oils and the food waste component of municipal garbage. The fats, oils, and greases (FOG) extracted from garbage will be combined with available waste cooking oil and other sources of fat as available, and converted to biodiesel in a scalable turn-key plant. More units can be added as production grows. The remainder of the food waste will be placed in a turn-key, scalable digester to produce biogas, used to heat production equipment, and compost to be sold to local farmers. Corn and cotton are two major crops locally, and both require replenishment of nutrients in the soil, which will be provided by the compost.
What about pollution from our waste? The environment in North-West Alabama is pristine and we aim to keep it that way. Our primary tool for fighting waste pollution is to avoid generating waste in the first place by careful design of the processes, and by recycling waste or using it to make other products. Biodiesel by its very nature is non-toxic and breaks down in the environment to benign materials.
Our next product line will be diesel fuel made from used plastics, specifically high-density and low-density polyethylene. Many tons of those materials are placed in landfills, and our use of them will divert them from landfilling. Polyethylene becomes weak and brittle over time, making consumer goods crack and break, but it is still useful for making diesel fuel and other hydrocarbon products. Closely related to polyethylene is polypropylene, used in many car parts before disposal in landfills. Process development for these product lines will take some time and money, and will be funded from the profits from biodiesel and biogas.