Friday, May 09, 2008

Not Just Another Whiskey Still...

The E-Fuel Corporation knows how much people hate going to the gas station for a fill-up these days, so the company has created a home, washing-machine-sized machine that makes ehtanol. Yup, make your own gas at home!

The company figures it will cost about $1/gallon to make and it takes a couple of days from start to finish.

According to Wired:

"The MicroFueler weighs about 200 pounds and hooks up to a water and 110 or 220 volt power supply and wastewater drain just like a washing machine. It uses raw sugar (not the refined white stuff) and a proprietary time-release yeast mixture as feedstock. You can also use left-over booze if you've got any lying around. Toss it all into the fermenting tank, turn on the machine and in seven days you've got 35 gallons of ethanol. The MicroFueler has its own pump and hose - just like the pump at your corner gas station - so you can easily fill up your car."

No word on the price tag on the machine, but the E-Fuel guys are calling it a paradigm shift and comparing it to the advent of the home PC (which probably means it's big, expensive, prone to breaking, and generation away from achieving its potential!).