FAQ



COMPANY BACKGROUND, INVESTMENT & EMPLOYMENT



SAFETY & LEGAL ISSUES



PURCHASE & COST OF OPERATION



USE OF THE EFuel100 MicroFueler™



ETHANOL





COMPANY BACKGROUND, INVESTMENT & EMPLOYMENT


What is the E-Fuel Corporation?

The E-Fuel Corporation was founded in 2007 by entrepreneur Tom Quinn and ethanol scientist Floyd Butterfield to create an efficient micro-ethanol refinery product so consumers can break their dependence on oil. E-Fuel has developed a business model and product design that makes home ethanol access practical and cost competitive against gasoline.

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What is E-Fuel Corporation's mission?

E-Fuel's mission is to provide consumers a fuel that is superior to gasoline, kind to the environment, inexpensive to produce, and easily accessible. To accomplish this, E-Fuel has introduced the MicroFueler™ home ethanol product as the smart alternative to gasoline. The MicroFueler is designed to be both environmentally sound and a money saving device for consumers�two important characteristics not often found in the same product.

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Where is the MicroFueler manufactured?

Manufacturing takes place in Paso Robles, California (USA), and China. Distribution centers are located in both the United States (US) and Ireland.

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How can someone become an E-Fuel distributor?

E-Fuel is actively seeking qualified distributor relationships worldwide. If you are interested in becoming an E-Fuel distributor, complete the convenient on-line application. Once we have reviewed your application, an E-Fuel representative will be in touch with you to discuss the opportunity in more detail. Businesses already involved in the sales and service of automobiles are particularly well suited. Please note that E-Fuel will be evaluating dealers and distributors throughout 2010 and may not get back in touch with you until such time as we are actively soliciting for your geographic area. If you have questions in the meantime, please use the Contact Us form.

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How is the E-Fuel Corporation financed?

Currently, the E-Fuel Corporation is solely funded by Thomas J. Quinn, founder and CEO. A profile of Mr. Quinn.

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Who developed the EFuel100 MicroFueler™ product?

Floyd Butterfield, a 30-year ethanol design veteran and inventor of the Butterfield Ethanol Still, designed the MicroFueler™. A profile of Mr. Butterfield.

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Does E-Fuel own intellectual property or have any patents pending?

Yes, E-Fuel has filed numerous patents on the MicroFueler design and concept.

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Is E-Fuel offering corporate interest opportunities?

Inquiries can be submitted online via our Contact Form.

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SAFETY & LEGAL ISSUES



Is home ethanol production legal?

Home ethanol production is legal in the United States and most international countries. Americans have been manufacturing their own ethanol for more than 100 years. Consult with your local authorities if you have any concerns about purchasing and operating an ethanol distillation system on your property.

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Do I need a permit to produce my own ethanol?

Yes. The U.S. Department of Treasury provides free permits for small property owners who want to produce less than 10,000 gallons of ethanol per year. Federal forms are available here. Property owners should also check on local and state requirements. Note - when completing the federal form please observe the following: (1) Section 1, typically you will select SMALL when for personal use; (2) Section 11, the manufacturer is "E-Fuel Corporation," for serial # insert "MicroFueler TBD," for kind of still insert "Continuous Still," and for capacity put "10 proof gallons, 3 inch column;" (3) Section 12, for Basic Materials select "Sugar based crops."

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Is it safe to produce ethanol?

Yes. The MicroFueler™ operates without any dangerous combustion. Organic waste ingredients used in the fermentation and distillation process are non-toxic.

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Is it legal to store fuel around the house?

Ethanol is a type of alcohol commonly found in and around household products. Most US gasoline grades contain some blend of ethanol which are stored in vehicles ranging from power mowers to cleaning solutions and medicines. As with other fuel-based or combustible consumer products, care must be taken to keep ethanol from flames and sources of extreme heat. Federal law requires that the actual ethanol production happen outside the home structure, and most government regulations require all fuels to be stored outside of home living structures.

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Is ethanol safe to drink?

No! Like other fuels, ethanol is pure alcohol which is unsafe to consume. E-Fuel100 ethanol is poisonous.

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PURCHASE & COST OF OPERATION



How much does the MicroFueler cost and when may I realize a return on my investment?

Suggested list price is $9,995 as offered on E-Fuel's web site. US customers may be eligible for a federal tax credit which may reduce the effective cost by 50% of the purchase price once the credit is received. (See IRS form 8911, Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit.)

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How can I buy the MicroFueler™?

Please visit our BUY NOW page for more information.

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How much electricity is used to produce 1 gallon of ethanol?

Approximately 3 KWh are used to produce 1 US gallon of E100 ethanol.

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How do I get organic fuel (feedstock) to make ethanol?

There are numerous ways of obtaining feedstock, but under most circumstances consumers will contract with their dealer to service the MicroFueler and maintain a regular delivery and supply of feedstock. All the consumer will be concerned with is pumping the ethanol into their vehicles. In this scenario, you are only charged for the ethanol you pump at the rate agreed upon between you and your distributor. Alternatively, you may have your own organic fuel supply and in such cases you would not need the supply replenishement services from a distributor.

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What is the E-Fuel Carbon Credit Coupon Program?

E-Fuel will provide MicroFueler owners with coupons that may be redeemed to offset the cost of E-Fuel100 ethanol. E-Fuel carbon credit coupons are a product of E-Fuel Corporation and not affiliated with any 3rd party or government program. The program is modeled on the "cap and trade" system set out by the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which offers financial incentives for reducing C02 emissions. Get more details on E-Fuel's carbon credit program. The E-Fuel carbon credit program is planned for late 2009.

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Are there tax savings if purchased in the USA?

Yes. The federal government provides a 50% tax credit pursuant to the Stimulus Bill of 2009. See IRS Form 8911, Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit. In addition, many states provide an additional 20% rebate. Visit http://www.eere.energy.gov/afdc/ethanol/incentives_laws.html for more information.

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USE OF THE MICROFUELER



What precautions have been taken to ensure the MicroFueler is safe from unauthorized operation and dispenses ethanol safely?

The MicroFueler is equipped with an electronic key lock pump and a mechanical hose locking apparatus to prevent unauthorized operation and tampering. It also has a motion sensor that will shut the unit down if it is moved during pump operation. Of course, like all other fuel filling stations, people should not use cigarettes, matches, lighters, electrical sparks or any other heat or flame sources anywhere near the pump and MicroFueler unit. The MicroFueler is non-combustible, meaning it doesn't use flames during ethanol production.

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How will the MicroFueler be used at a typical home?

The MicroFueler has been designed to operate outdoors, such as in a yard or driveway with some form of protection from the elements such as under a canopy or in a utility shed. It comes equipped with a 50-foot retractable fuel hose and nozzle, to dispense fuel directly into vehicles or into a safe fuel container. In the US, the MicroFueler must be operated outside the home structure pursuant to government regulations.

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Does the MicroFueler require a lot of water to operate?

Most users will contract with the E-Fuel distributor to supply organic fuel (feedstock) for conversion to ethanol. This feedtsock is already in liquid form which means very little if any water will be required. Water will be used by the system to automatically flush and clean itself as needed.

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What does the MicroFueler need to operate?

Similar to a household washing machine, the MicroFueler requires 110 or 220 power, a supply of water which will not freeze, and a drain.

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How may fluids from the MicroFueler be disposed of?

Waste water output from the MicroFueler is simply water and yeast residue. It is safe to dispose down the drain into a sewer system or anaerobic septic system. It may also be reclaimed for use in irrigation or other grey water applications. In some cases, depending upon the organic fuel used, the discharge may be reclaimed and used for fertilizer and other productive purposes.

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What ingredients are needed to create ethanol?

Many commonly available waste materials are suitable for producing ethanol. Generally products rich in residual sugar, alcohol, fermentable substances (i.e., dairy prducts, distressed fruit, candies, etc.) as well as cellulosic materials and even algae. Generally, users will not be concerned with the fuel used as feedstock as this will be managed by your E-Fuel distributor.

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Can the MicroFueler process discarded liquor or other alcohol beverages into ethanol?

Yes.

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Does the MicroFueler have filters which require maintenance and/or replacement?

The MicroFueler features an array of internal sensors which monitor virtually every operating aspect of the unit. In the event a filter requires service, a notification is automatically sent through the E-Fuel Global Network to your distributor and you.

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What is the life expectancy of the MicroFueler?

10-15 years.

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ETHANOL


Will ethanol damage my car?

No. The fact is, today in the United States all cars are fueled with a mixture of ethanol and gasoline. The issue is the mixture (e.g. E85 is 85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) and whether the automobile is capable of using a specific blend, all the way up to 100% ethanol. Put simply, all cars can use up to 100% ethanol if equipped with a proper conversion kit, which is widely available. Also, a growing movement toward the sale of Flex Fuel vehicles by auto makers means many automobiles are equipped to run off 85% ethanol without further modification. One side note: the MicroFueler is designed to not only produce 100% ethanol, but also any blend with gasoline. Should the consumer wish to use a blend, the MicroFueler will make sure the exact blend is available directly at the point of consumption. This will allow vehicle owners the option of optimizing proper fuel blend performance for each specific vehicle they own.

You can find out more about the US Government's sponsored tests on American and Japanese vehicles using ethanol here.

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How will ethanol affect my automobile's fuel mileage?

In many cases, fuel mileage may be improved, depending upon the ethanol blend used. A U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored test found that using a 30% ethanol blend improved fuel mileage in new non-flex fuel vehicles because ethanol has a higher amount of octane (power) than gasoline and burns slower, thus making ethanol a more efficient fuel than gasoline. In general, the higher a vehicle's engine performance is relative to engine piston compression, the more ethanol will improve performance and fuel mileage. That is why the IndyCar Series uses 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol in its Honda Indy V-8 engines.

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Isn't ethanol production just as harmful to the environment as fossil fuel consumption?

Criticism of ethanol production is often concerned with what happens when the world starts clearing vast amounts of forests to grow biofuel plants, such as corn. However, the MicroFueler is the first US ethanol refinery product to run off any kind of sugar feedstock.

(1) Ethanol is made from sugar (a process called fermentation). Corn is a starch grain which must be chemically converted to sugar before ethanol fermentation can begin, This conversion consumes energy and increases carbon C02 emissions. In fact, in terms of reducing the world's C02 emissions, corn is the worst grain for making ethanol.

(2) Sugarcane is six times more efficient (in reducing C02 carbon) for making ethanol than corn.

(3) There is no world shortage of sugarcane, which is the most widely available feedstock product on the planet. The world produces 1.3 billion metric tons (MT) of sugarcane per year and the surplus has increased every year, as opposed to corn which has almost no surplus. Sugarcane surplus has been growing every year because consumers perceive sugar as an unhealthy food.

(4) The MicroFueler is more power-efficient than US commercial ethanol plants due to its advanced membrane filtration technology and a non-combustion fermentation and distillation process. Because consumers can use any sugar-based grain or discarded liquor, the EFuel100 MicroFueler is the ultimate "green machine". It should also be mentioned that producing ethanol at home eliminates 20% of ethanol product loss, caused by evaporation during plant transportation from refinery to fuel stations.

(5) Another criticism of large-scale ethanol production is the use of coal-fired electrical plants, which are known air polluters. Because the MicroFueler is designed to produce ethanol locally, it has no such dependency and can be operated off the power grid in exchange for solar voltaic collectors.

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