Bio-Thermal-Energy, a “green” business, provides technical support and for a unique chemical process that reduces atmospheric greenhouse gases. Technically, the process converts certain waste gases to a marketable product, alcohol. Specifically, the process converts a feed gas mixture of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) into syngas and finally, using anaerobic carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen (H2) fermentation, to fuel-grade ethanol. Suitable feed gas is now copiously released to atmosphere by municipal landfills, by feed lot waste, and by some gassy oil wells. For landfills, our process is estimated to be profitable even without government subsidies. However, substantial subsidies are available at both ends of the process. We now endeavor to build a pilot plant that, once operational, is convincing to investors and “opens the door” to full scale plants. A variation converts carbon dioxide, such as from a brewery or other fermentation with added methane into ethanol. While a capital intensive business, “green” industries are now attracting remarkably large investments. On the side, one of us, Gary Young, developed a non-contact mass flow meter now under license to JPL for their planetary probes.
What Bio-Thermal-Energy, Inc. needs from or offers the Network: Bio-Thermal seeks mentorship, help with online presence, fermentation expertise, and eventually, staff and funding. We are now proposing a grant from the US Dept. of Energy, through ARPA-E. Their initial grants average $3MM. The new firm needs to be structured so that once we graduate past ARPA-E or other support, we have a structured path for bringing in investment, fostering growth, and have an exit strategy. I have led two small startups that succeeded modestly in their niche markets. Gary Young, Ph.D. has developed chemical processes ranging from the petrochemical industry to food products. Bio-Thermal has numerous patents.