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Cars To be Powered By…Beer?

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Posted April 28, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

According to some rag called the New York Times, an inventor named Floyd S. Butterfield built the E-Fuel 100 MicroFueler, which combines sugar and yeast to ferment an alcoholic brew that distills into ethanol, which can be use to power automobiles.

Butterfield says that using these ingredients it should only cost about $1 per gallon to make this type of fuel (even cheaper when you put stale beer into the system since the fermentation is already done). But critics say that a gallon of the MicroFueler's ethanol produces only 12.5% of the carbon from a gallon of normal gasoline. And since sugar costs 20-cents per pound, and you need 10 to 14 pounds to make a gallon of ethanol, it ain’t exactly cheap. But it is good for the environment!

But who is this Floyd S. Butterfield, you wonder? Is he the Willy Wonka of our time…but with beer…?

Well, he happens to be the 1982 California winner for "best design of an ethanol still" so…er…yes, I guess he is indeed the Willy Wonka of our time...but with beer!

Oh, there’s one small catch…100% ethanol is illegal as an automotive fuel. But so is making chocolate out of small children…

Gizmodo.com: E-Fuel MicroFueler Turns Sugar, Stale Beer Into Gas For Your Ride

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