DIY fuel production

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This page lists personal fuel generators for those fuels that can not easily be obtained via regular filling stations.

Ethanol still

An ethanol still allows you to extract ethanol from a mash. To make the mash, you basically just need sugar and water. There are however legal restrictions in many countries (i.e. you often need to get a permit to be able to own/operate a still). So make sure you get this in order before even thinking of doing this.

Some stills are:

Biobutanol processor

Biobutanol processors allow you to make biobutanol (from i.e. algae). Biobutanol can be used in unaltered gasoline engines. Biobutanol processors can be made using Jamie Hestekin's PEACE-1 biobutanol processor. It is able to generate about 1 to 2 liter of fuel from 15 kg of algae. The algae (i.e. Clostridium saccharoperbutylacetonicum) can be grown in a pond, disused swimming pool, photobioreactor or even in throughs made in your garden, along with the processor equipment itself.

Biodiesel processor

You can download the plans of the open-source biodiesel processors here

Biodiesel processors allow you to make biodiesel from pure plant oil (and even waste vegetable oil, but you then need to filter it first). This is useful for those customers that don't want to alter their vehicle engine. Commercial companies supplying open-source biodiesel processors include: