Well we won't be able to do anything about the food supply concerns. I think we all know suspect that corn ethanol is not a viable long term solution. Too much water too much fuel to grow it. Other sources of feedstock that are not used for food are where we should be focusing. Hemp, switchgrass, and well I don't know. Something that gives lots of oil for little input.
We hope to give empirical data as well as driver impressions. I really want to know what driver impressions should be reported. I plan to post OBD data as much as allowed by the people financing this little endeavor.
Amazes me how much waste vegatable oil is thrown away by fast-food places. The Wendy's owner I talked said that they go through 250 gallons a week. It gets picked up and hauled to the dump. Told him I couldn't help him, no way I can burn that much in a week.
Methanol is a losing cause.
It takes more energy to make it than you can recover.
BD, on the other hand, has a positive energy ratio.
There are many non food item feedstocks available and they supply much higher gallon/acre yields than corn. Algae, palm, and camelina to name a few. All can be grown on land currently not used for food production.
Additionaly, the press cake is a good high protien animal food.