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12-16-10  Allard Ethanol Systems are no longer supported and we no longet forward customers to them by request of Sharon Allard.

Please CONTACT us if you have 4-10 participants for your coop and you are interesting in making alcohol in your COOP.

Somewhere in America, People had a dream:

Our philosophy and approach is also centered on self sufficiency. America was founded on the principles of self sufficiency, and the construct of the social and physical environment, along with the constitutional laws, made it possible for most people to arrive as immigrants and to become successful, either through forming their own small businesses, farming, or other activities. All one needed was the desire.

It is entirely possible to make your own fuel and grow your own food. Even those who live in traditional suburban neighborhoods can do these things quite easily. And reducing, if not eliminating, your dependency on oil, while developing the ability to grow your own food is a step in the right direction. And now is the perfect time to get started. There has never been a better time to take advantage of these new directions. We are all lucky to be living during a period of history when technology is cheap, information is readily available, connections between people are easy to make, and practical experience is not difficult to obtain.

It is entirely possible to sustain food production on a scale of roughly 300 square foot per person. This means that, done the right way, for every 300 square feet you devote, you can feed one person for a year. So a family of four would need about 1200 square feet, or roughly an area 30' x 40' (think every backyard in America).

How? Build a greenhouse over ingrained fish tanks (with a deck built over the top of them) and grow Tilapia or Catfish. Grow most of your vegetables hydroponically using the fish waste water as the nutrient source, and utilize above-ground trough gardening techniques for tubors, carrots, and other non-hydroponic friendly plants. Also inside the greenhouse, run your ethanol distillation system, through which the fermentation process releases tremendous amounts of CO2 (this makes the plant growth dramatically increase, and helps to reduce pest problems). Finally, design the layout to be multi-tiered (i.e. vertically grow more than one layer of plants in the building), and power the necessary pumps with solar power. Use a wood stove to heat it in the winter, and use solar powered fans to circulate the air. Also, one final design note... put one or more tanks in the ground to act as a cistern to catch and hold rain water.

Why put the fish tanks in the ground? To regulate the temperature, reduce the energy needed to keep them warm in the winter, and get double use out of the floor space of the building. Use an inexpensive and economical fluorescent light under the deck to provide light for the fish. (Note: the fish tanks are closed top, translucent plastic tanks with 16" screw lids. This lets light in, keeps debris out, minimizes evaporation, and is aerated with an external air pump/diffuser. Our research facility has two in-ground tanks; one 1,100 gallon black tank to act as a cistern (to store the rainwater runoff from the roof), and a 1,500 gallon white (translucent) tank for the fish.

What Is The Cheapest Feed stock To Use for producing Alcohol?

Free waste products are no question the cheapest, which mitigates the cost down to just the cost of gathering and processing. Biodiesel producers have been collecting and processing waste vegetable oil for years and converting it into biodiesel. The same type of opportunity exists for creating ethanol. Here are a couple of ideas on how to get your ethanol feed stock for free:

1. Waste Alcohol. There is a tremendous amount of waste alcohol generated everyday in restaurants, bars, pubs, and other places that sell alcohol drinks. Every time someone does not finish a drink, or leaves a partial pitcher of beer on the table, those glasses and containers are carried back to the bar and dumped down the sink. By supplying the bartenders with plastic barrels, you can get them to dump those partially finished drinks into your barrel, and collect the waste. That waste alcohol will generally be a mixture of beer, wine, and various mixed drinks, but will more than likely have an average alcohol content of at least 10%. Since this is precisely the type of 'beer' input that a distillation system wants, all you have to do is collect this waste alcohol, and run it through the system. This is also the fastest method since there is no fermentation step involved.

2. Waste donuts, bread, and pastry products. Virtually every town has a donut shop, and almost all cities have one or more 'day old bread' outlets. And, as we all know, once uneaten donuts, bread, or pastries reach a certain point, they are thrown away. The key is to make arrangements with those places to pick up their old donuts, or the stale bread. You can also make arrangements to take the waste from distributors of packaged products like chips, cookies, and other products. To process these items, simply mix with water, add an enzyme (which we can supply) to convert the starches into sugar, and then ferment with yeast.

Other feed stocks

3. Sugar. Certainly not the cheapest, but definitely the easiest of the home processed beer stocks is to use plain old granulated table sugar. Mix with water, add yeast, and ferment into beer. While edible table sugar works great, there are also inedible granulated sugars from various suppliers that would also work just as well, and would be a fraction of the cost. Unfortunately, obtaining those inedible sugars is not as easy one might imagine. Most of the companies who supply or trade in these items do so in very big quantities (e.g. minimum order of 12,500 metric tons). Also, if the sugar is being sourced from outside the US, there are substantial import tariffs and other regulations to deal with. This is an area we are researching with the hope of setting up regional distribution centers. However, this not something we can help with today. If you are a farmer, or geographically have access to these crops, two that you may want to consider are obviously sugar cane and sugar beets. While sugar cane is going to be found only in warm climates, sugar beets are grown in many temperate zones.

4. Grains. Most people have heard the negative press about making ethanol from corn. Why we even continue to make ethanol from corn is rarely understood, but the simple answer is that there is a tremendous surplus of corn, and the infrastructure was already in place to grow, harvest, and process the corn. As a feed stock in general, corn is one of the worst, because it only yields about 200 gallons/acre. If you were growing corn, and wanted to process it yourself into ethanol, it would be far better to grow a different type of crop that had a much higher alcohol yield per acre.

Nonetheless, if you have access to cheap grains, and want to use them to make ethanol, you will have to do some extra work. First, the grains need to be ground into a meal, then added to water and brought up to near boiling. The 'mash' then requires an enzyme to convert the starches to sugars, a second enzyme then breaks the long chains of sugars down to simple sugars, and finally yeast is added to ferment the mash into beer.

We would recommend that if grains are used, that users have external tanks for the initial stages of processing, and then pump the filtered beer into our system's tanks for distillation. There is a substantial amount of leftover particles (commonly known as distillers grains) after processing something like corn into beer. If you do, however, choose to use grains as an input, those leftover distillers grains make excellent feed for everything from fish to cattle. And as part of a larger system, this approach would be ideal.

5. Other feed stock. There are many, many different crops which provide much better sources of ethanol than corn. Ranging from algae, to sugar beets, to cattails, and many others, these crops offer the best output per acre. We recommending searching the web for more information on this topic, as ethanol feed stocks are quite an extensive area to cover in a single web site FAQ.

What Licensing Is Needed?

In the United States, you will need a Federal Alcohol Fuel Producer Permit. These can be obtained from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (a division of the Treasury Department). In the US, it is not illegal to own this equipment without a license... but it is illegal to use it without one. This may not be the case in other countries.

As far as United States licensing goes, there are three categories of permits for the fuel producer; small, medium, and large. The small producer permit is the simplest to obtain, and will allow you to make up to 10,000 gallons per calendar year. This permit does not cost any money to obtain. Simply fill out the form, mail it to the address specified in the included instructions, and your permit will arrive in about 30 days. The application (form 5110-74) for the permit can be obtained here.

Aside from the Federal permit, your state and local governments may also require licenses. This varies from state-to-state. Please check with your local government entities to validate what, if any, additional licenses are needed. A good place to start is to contact your state agency that regulates and licenses the sale of beer, wine, and spirits.

Aside from the Federal permit, your state and local governments may also require licenses. This varies from state-to-state. Please check with your local government entities to validate what, if any, additional licenses are needed. A good place to start is to contact your state agency that regulates and licenses the sale of beer, wine, and spirits.

Texas, does not require any additional licensing at a State level beyond the Federal Alcohol Fuel Producer Permit. We suspect that most other states do not require additional licenses, but it is the customer's responsibility to verify that they operate our equipment with all of the necessary licenses. But even Texas residents should check with their local government entities to verify that there are no additional requirements in their area.

If you are a customer who resides outside of the United States, you will need to research what licenses, if any, are required to own and operate an ethanol distillation system.

NOTE: When you are discussing licensing questions with a local, state, or federal agency, make sure they understand that you are interested in producing FUEL and not drinking alcohol. A distiller's license (which would allow you to make drinking alcohol) is substantially more involved and very expensive to obtain, requiring bonds, public notices, etceteras. None of these should be required for a small fuel producer.

Our Goal?

Our goal is to commercialize small scale ethanol production by way of easy-to-use systems targeted to small businesses, farm/ranch operators, and end consumers for the production of ethanol. This goal of the ethanol production is primarily indented to be blended as motor fuel such as E85. In addition, we also see opportunities to provide our ethanol system to those individuals who already own a home biodiesel processor and want to eliminate the need for purchasing methanol.

Commercial Production of Ethanol in Florida

Fuel Supplies

Ethanol production is great for Florida. The benefits are significant and every resident can feel the positive impact that ALCOHOL PRODUCERS AND USERS COOP will have upon the state. When blended with gasoline at gasoline storage terminals, ethanol will extend Florida's fuel supply by adding volume to the existing inventory. The production of ethanol within the state will help Floridians to diversify their state's energy infrastructure. This is particularly important during times of emergency -like hurricanes - when severe fuel supply shortages often occur across the state and our Nation.

As production and usage of ethanol within Florida increases, the state's dependency on imported gasoline from the Middle East and imported ethanol from the Mid-West is reduced in direct proportion! By producing this outstanding fuel source in Florida, with our local resources and services, we are continually helping to fight the war against terrorism and becoming less dependent on other nations.

Local production of ethanol will increase Florida's energy security. Because Florida imports 100% of its gasoline via ocean vessels, the state of Florida is highly susceptible to any world disruption in the flow of petroleum, especially as it pertains to the Middle East. Every time OPEC decides to cut supplies of petroleum, it has a devastating impact on the economy of Florida. Ethanol is one of the best solutions to mitigate these adverse economic effects.
 

Local Economic Impact
Building and operating an ethanol plant provides benefits such as new jobs, additional income and tax revenue, and expansion of the base of the local economy. Each new ethanol plant has on average a production capacity of 40 million gallons per year. Moreover, every plant developed and built in Florida by ALCOHOL PRODUCERS AND USERS COOP, will provide 35-40 new, high paying jobs to the local community.

It costs approximately $60 million to build a new 40 million gallon per year ethanol plant. The vast majority of this is spent where it is needed most, in the local community. Additionally, capital spending will add $142.2 million to final demand in a local economy and generate about $46 million in new household income. This is a transitory one-shot impact, which lasts only as long as the construction phase, but is a significant boost to the local community nevertheless.

" A 40 million gallon per year ethanol plant will spend on average $56 million annually on goods and services, ranging from feed stocks and transportation to labor and utilities such as electricity, natural gas, and water. “1 Every dollar spent locally on annual operations will circulate several times through the entire local economy, and will generate the following local community benefits:

 Expand the economic base of the local economy by $110 million

 Generate an additional $19.6 million in household income

 Generate new tax revenue for the state and governments
 

Florida has an ample supply and variety of feed stocks for ethanol production. These feed stocks include plant and crop derived materials such as sugar cane products and co-products, citrus pulp and peel, agricultural residues, food and beverage waste and recalls, and urban yard and wood waste. Utilization of these feed stocks for the production of ethanol improves the local base economy by creating a value-added product from lower value raw materials.

The bottom line is clear: producing and blending ethanol within Florida will reduce the consumer cost of gasoline by extending Florida fuel supplies. Ethanol, with its high octane rating, will also provide an economical and cost-effective way for gasoline marketers to meet octane requirements.

1. Source: "Ethanol and the Local Community" by John Urbanchuk and Jeff Kapell. This article can be found on the National Corn Growers Association web site: www.ncga.com

FACTS ABOUT ETHANOL

Gasoline has approximately 120,000 BTUs per gallon, ethanol 80,000. A gallon of hydrogen has 30,000 BTUs.

Corn can be processed to yield 2½ gallons of alcohol per bushel  - The remainder of the bushel yields 18 pounds of distiller's dried grains high quality cattle feed.

First, alcohol will not start in a standard compression gasoline engine under 20° F. This problem is cured with what is called a "block hearter," a device that plugs into a wall socket and keeps the fluid in the engine water jacket warm, making the engine "think" it's summer.

Energy in a gallon of alcohol is only two thirds of that contained in a gallon of gasoline - it takes 3 gallons of alcohol to equal the energy of 2 gallons of gasoline and 1 gallon of water (which has no energy).

A vehicle that gets 15 mpg on gasoline will go only 10 mpg on alcohol.

if you raised a 10 mpg alcohol fueled vehicle from 8 to 1 compression to 16 to 1 compression, your mileage would increase to 15 mpg - 14 to 1 is the maximum.
 compression for alcohol - 3.75 is the increase you will achieve with 14 to 1 compression, or 13.75 mpg

25 gall. gasoline tank fill-up will cost $75.00 and take you 375 miles down the road - alcohol tank, in price of raw materials will cost you $30.00 (corn at $3.00 a bushel) and take you 343.75 miles down the road (assuming 14 to 1 compression. the cost of the gasoline is 2½ times that of corn to go less than 10% further. In short, $3.00 a gallon gasoline simply cannot compete with $3.00 a bushel corn.

Alcohol can damage various seals and "soft" parts of your engine and carb, unless they're designed with alcohol in mind. Propane and methane can power an engine, but you may ruin your valves unless they're designed for high temperature service.

Because of the compression limitation required to prevent “engine knock”, a typical gasoline engine can only deliver about 25% efficiency — only 25% of the BTU's in a gallon of gasoline - an Alcohol Engine can deliver about 40% efficiency — 40% of the BTU's in a gallon of ethanol

Ethanol has 1/3 less carbon per gallon than gasoline.


BUSINESS OFFER FOR FARMERS WITH LAND

For all farmers or coop of farmers with 1000 acres of land we offer to place patented distillation unit to process sorghum crop ( seeds and husks).

Our unit will be placed on your land, with our service to process all the crops from 1000 acres.

The farmers receive about $400 000.00, + distiller's dried grains high quality cattle feed.

Investors who will pay for distillation plant will receive government tax incentives and % from sales of ethanol produced.

Owners of distillation plant placed on farmers land receive income from sales of ethanol produced on farm.

Farmers and land owners interesting in our Distillation Service and business opportunities please contact us for all details.


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