Advantages

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Gulf Coast Energy's Process has quite a few advantages, read on to learn more about them. We are poised to revolutionize the renewable fuel industry with our process.

GFT vs. Fermentation

Gulf Coast Energy utilizes a biomass gasification and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (GFT) to produce ethanol fuel. We DO NOT require any sugar during our process, thus food-source crops are NOT used. Fermentation on the other hand does require sugar, and thus causes an increase in competition and price for these food-source crops. In addition, our GFT process yields are 250% more efficient than the best fermentation yield rates. Our production costs are 50% lower than fermentation production costs.

GFT Synthetic Diesel

We are currently in the testing phase for production of a true Synthetic Biodiesel. This diesel will be a high-purity, high-cetane, no-sulfur substitute for ASTM standard number 2 diesel that is currently used in normal compression engines. Typically, biodiesel formed through trans-esterification of oils cannot be used in a standard diesel engine without some sort of retrofitting of the engine itself. Our diesel will be used in any standard diesel engine without any required retrofitting. In addition, synthetic diesel produced from our GFT technology has all of the purity, environmental, and clean-burning benefits of other biodiesels, but without cold point and related performance disadvantages.

Modular Design

Our design utilizes the very latest in modular technology. This reduces lead-time for construction, keeps capital costs low and allows for easy modular expansion. Each of our production modules is designed to produce 10 million gallons of targeted fuel per year. Our production facilities are constructed by combining these modules and connecting their output to the existing lines for storage and distribution. Individual modules in each production facility can also be operated independently. This allows for extremely an extremely flexible facility that can process multiple feedstocks and output a variety of targeted fuels.

Feedstocks

We have successfully tested and demonstrated our technology using various species of wood, miscanthus, switch grass, yard waste, bagasse, landfill waste, rice straw, corn stover, and a variety of other feedstocks. We can essentially run our facility on any woody biomass (cellulosic) substance, or any other carbon-containing substance for that matter. These substances are very inexpensive to obtain, thus making our process extremely cost-effective. We do not require any sugar, and no food-source crops are utilized in our process.

Zero Emissions

Our entire GFT process is a pollution-free technology. There are no designed vents except minor secondary exhaust from valves, pumps, and the like. Since we operate under a completely closed-loop system, our only byproducts are steam (which can be used to create electrical energy) and biochar. This is truly a green technology. GFT is also considered a carbon-negative process, which means that it reduces the total amount of CO2.

Biochar

After the cellulosic material has been converted to a targeted fuel through our GFT process, the only remaining substance is a carbon-rich organic black powder. This substance is properly known as biochar. All-natural and free of any toxic elements, biochar is a completely organic compound that can be used as an agricultural soil enhancement and potent fertilizer. It is very effective and has been known to produce some of the most fertile soil known.