Thinking about renewable fuels or recharging systems? We can help. Financial modeling & project planning. Carbon/Cost trade-off analysis, distributed energy resource (DERs) analysis & integration planning.
Renewable fuels from local and regional resources. Solar and wind power to gas and fuels projects utilizing municipal, agricultural, food, and forest waste. Complete project development and commissioning.
A new line of FC powered freight handling equipment and supporting infrastructure including:
Trucks are an essential component of our civilized society. Unfortunately, traditional truck fuel availability is driven by ever tightening world oil markets.
Availability of affordable fossil based fuels is increasingly balanced on the thin edge of war, rapidly falling rates of investment return, and dwindling production alternatives. The slightest disruption would send the cost skyrocketing.
Additionally, an extremely serious and growing problem is the disproportionately large cost of air & climate pollution traditional truck fuels create across the globe daily. Converting one truck to clean fuel would be the equivalent of converting hundreds of cars. See The Future of Trucks section below and watch the Nikola founder interview discussing clean fuel alternatives.
Renewable, non-fossil based fuels resulting from the reuse of plastic and other waste offer a practical, clean, and financially attractive 'bridge' to the future. A secure local or regional source of power for critical services - food delivery, infrastructure maintenance, medical, fire and emergency vehicles.
Until a zero emission means of powering our freight system is implemented at scale, a secure supplemental supply to power critical service and delivery trucks can be produced locally and simultaneously clean the environment while providing good jobs with a future.
Energy dense fuel for Class 6, 7 & 8 trucks. The trucks that get the heavy work done. That move the products to our warehouses, stores and factories. They are the critical link. There are no alternatives and there are no battery only solutions for the power they need.
Why? The reason is physics. Battery Electric Vehicle (BEVs) systems alone cannot power heavy trucks. The physics of fuel energy density, weight, size, trip length make battery only options impractical. Short trips, less weight/smaller trucks...battery only options are available and developing. But they can't handle the hardest jobs.
Think of it. The fuels that power diesel trucks today have an energy density 20X a lithium battery. A battery as big as the load the truck is supposed to be carrying would be necessary. You don't have to be a scientist to know that 'this doesn't pencil out!"
""For all the focus on battery-powered trucks", Marrten Wetselaar told an audience at the world's leading energy conference on March 11, 2019 that the future was elsewhere.
"For the decarbonization of heavy transport, there really is no alternative to hydrogen,"" Wetselaar said at one of the opening sessions of the 2019 edition of CERAWeek, a gathering in Houston that brings together several thousand of the leading energy decision-makers from both government and private industry. -John Kingston, Frieght Waves, March 19, 2019.
The way is clear. And our focus is on simultaneously solving energy and climate problems through renewable fuels production. In fact, Professor Mark Z. Jacobson of Stanford University with other experts identifies recommendations and key features of electrification options and requirements for transit fuels in their landmark study: 'A Road Map To 100 Percent Clean Renewable Energy in 139 Countries by 2050' (See below).
The study concludes that energy dense fuel, not BEV systems, will power Class 6 trucks and above (heavy trucks) for many years into the future. Diesel powered trucks, locomotives, and ships are projected to be a continuing part of our transportation infrastructure for decades. Therefore fuel based systems including as range extenders will play a key role in the solution.
We help power these trucks, range extenders, and other freight handling system units such as forklifts that are critical to all communities. We have the technology, we have the capability, together we can make our freight system cleaner and our local economies stronger than ever.
Local Fuels lead to: increasing the number of good paying jobs with a future, money retained in the local economy, cleaner air and water, and a more secure basis of powering critical infrastructure in good times and emergencies. Along with other solutions Local Fuels can unleash market dynamics that form the foundation of a regenerative economy.
Current municipal solid waste (MSW) is part of the problem on every level. We waste more fuel and further pollute the air to transport it, often over long distance. On arrival it contributes to air and water pollution; rotting and releasing green house gases and odor for years. In addition:
• Fossil fuel availability and prices are tied to long carbon intensive supply chains often from perilous regions of conflict.
• Low cost oil prices are unlikely to persist, more likely to rise into the future and precipitously with any hint of disruption.
• Oil analysts - an oil 'boom' or debt bomb? Most U.S. fracking ‘play’s’ have NEVER been 'free cashflow' positive. Entirely dependent on zero interest rates? Fracked wells ‘peak and deplete’ quickly (~2yrs.)
Cascadia’s primary mission is to enable locally available, affordable, energy dense, and renewable fuels. By supporting the growth of Local Fuels 'eco-systems' market dynamics lead to an acceleration of a 100% clean energy transition. Hard to get rolling? No. The time is right and the demand for good paying jobs with a future, cross-problem energy and climate solutions, and the empowerment of the next generation of leaders is now. Local Fuels protect current societal benefits and simultaneously offer one of the only ways to impact urgent climate and energy challenges at the scale necessary and within the next decade. They integrate with and enable critical storage options allowing further growth of variable generation resources such as wind, solar and the further expansion of clean fuels using electrolysis. (See our background section below.)
Cascadia Energy Technologies, Inc. and its sister company, Cascadia Rural Fuels, are energy project development firms engaged in the production of local, renewable fuels to power trucks and distributed energy systems. We are a Benefit Company so our ultimate objective is positive societal impact - internally by hiring and empowering the next generation of leaders and externally by promoting the Local Fuels economy.
Our projects convert waste streams into a long term program of increased community resiliency, prosperity, and green house gas reductions. We know how. Cascadia's principals and market partners have built or managed some of most challenging waste and energy projects in the U.S. and around the globe from Asia and India to Europe and the Middle East.
Cascadia is leading the way to apply patented systems and equipment which have taken decades and millions of dollars to develop.
The developers of these systems have licensed the technology to firms such as Cascadia for specialized applications and specific markets. We then develop the actual production projects including the necessary stakeholders and counter-parties, such as large Engineer, Procure, and Construct (EPC) contractors.
The process leads to full commissioning of the infrastructure and facilities necessary to produce the Local Fuels that were the subject of the original fuel agreement.
Some firms are focusing on cleaner aviation fuel, others on innovative clean fuels for boilers. Cascadia's focus is heavy trucks & electric utilities, and we support ocean plastic clean-up programs.
Total Recovery Facility proposals combine the strength of our licenses and the expertise of our partners and principals into a solid foundation for your project. Our experience allows us to quickly assess opportunities and configure a site specific design that benefits the community and stakeholders.
Specialized bonding & 100% financing is available. Together we can produce renewable hydrogen and liquid fuels, such as renewable diesel, from waste processed at a single, combined facility.
We process all the following waste streams at a single facility:
Municipal Solid Waste (ALL MSW): Plastics, Paper, Yard Wastes...
Agricultural Solid Waste (ALL ASW): Animal, Crop and Organic Wastes
Food Industry Waste (FIW): Food Processing, Meat Processing.
Forest & Biomass: Wood Chips, Forest Slash, Grass, Sawdust...
Fossil Fuels: Coal, NG, Landfill, Bio, & Flare Gas- with no carbon emissions!
Driven by 45 years of waste management experience and know-how. BCF has the patents, equipment, and process expertise to help take your project from concept to reality. TRF is a registered trade mark of BioCarbon Fuels, LLC.
United Airlines & BP have announced contracts for the purchase of aviation fuel made from solid waste, millions of gallons per year. Cascadia's primary mobility focus is on ground based transportation. However, United's validation of waste to fuel technology for the planes we all fly on underlines the value of the patented systems & processes Cascadia uses for the production of Local Fuels from the same type of waste streams.
Storing Renewal Energy From Wind and Solar Is A Key to 100% Clean Energy
We Started From Ten Rivers Food Web Proposing an Electrolysis Project To Enable 100% Clean Food Truck Delivery
Working On This Grant Proposal We Learned The Many Paths to Value From The Generation of Renewable Hydrogen
Electricity passing through water splits the water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen produced from this process can be used as a fuel directly, or as a building block to make other energy- intensive products such as ammonia and methane. Using renewable electricity for this process can reduce dependence on fossil fuels and extend the reach of wind and solar power beyond the confines of the electric grid.
Electrolyzers are the set of technologies for converting electricity and water into fuel. They can provide completely flexible electrical demand, helping to accommodate the variability of renewable resources, and reduce the amount of renewable energy lost when supply exceeds demand for power. At-scale deployments in Europe have caused the cost of the technologies to drop precipitously, introducing a new opportunity to address climate change with a win-win solution. RHA Executive Director Ken Dragoon looking on at right in front row, April 17, 2019.
“We believe the fuel cell will replace the diesel engine in the next 10 years,” Trevor Milton, CEO of Nikola Motor Company.
""For all the focus on battery-powered trucks, Marrten Wetselaar told an audience at the world's leading energy conference on March 11 that the future was elsewhere.
"For the decarbonization of heavy transport, there really is no alternative to hydrogen," Wetselaar said at one of the opening sessions of the 2019 edition of CERAWeek..."" John Kingston, Freight Waves, 3/19/19.
Wal-Mart has agreed to invest in Plug Power Inc. and buy more of its fuel-cell-powered machines, a move that mirrors a deal struck by Amazon earlier in 2017.
Wal-Mart is already Plug Power's biggest customer, with 5,500 of the company's units in 22 warehouses. Hydrogen powered forklifts are growing in food, auto, retail, and logistics firms in the U.S. and internationally. What's needed? More renewable hydrogen to power freight and trucking systems. Clean, renewable Local Fuels.
The problem the world faces is huge. The answer, however, is simple. And we have it.
In lively and engaging language, this book describes our dependence on freight transport and its vulnerability to diminishing supplies and high prices of oil. Ships, trucks, and trains are the backbone of civilization, hauling the goods that fulfill our every need and desire. Their powerful, highly-efficient diesel combustion engines are exquisitely fine-tuned to burn petroleum-based diesel fuel. These engines and the fuels that fire them have been among the most transformative yet disruptive technologies on the planet. Although this transportation revolution has allowed many of us to fill our homes with global goods even a past emperor would envy, our era of abundance, and the freight transport system in particular, is predicated on the affordability and high energy density of a single fuel, oil. This book explores alternatives to this finite resource including other liquid fuels, truck and locomotive batteries and utility-scale energy storage technology, and various forms of renewable electricity to support electrified transport. Transportation also must adapt to other challenges: Threats from climate change, financial busts, supply-chain failure, and transportation infrastructure decay. Robert Hirsch, who wrote the “Peaking of World Oil Production” report for the U.S. Department of Energy in 2005, said that planning for peak world production must start at least 10, if not 20 years ahead of time. What little planning exists focuses mainly on how to accommodate 30 percent more economic growth while averting climate change, ignoring the possibility that we are at, or near, the end of growth. Taken for granted, the modern transportation system will not endure forever. The time is now to take a realistic and critical look at the choices ahead, and how the future of transportation may unfold.
Wind and solar farms with the scale to impact climate and energy challenges are the province of large corporations and energy utilities. Regulatory and 'top down' programs often confine or curtail the ability of county, local or even regional solutions to be implemented in timeframes and with results primarily beneficial to community empowerment or regional prosperity.
Not so with Local Fuels. Local, county or regional authorities - closest to the greatest number of citizens directly - typically have control of the essential feedstocks with which they can, working with firms such as Cascadia, create an investment and return model not dependent on top down programs. What's more, every county and municipality across the country, or through a combination of proximate resources, have the necessary feedstocks. In contrast, not every county for example has the necessary wind capacity or solar options at scale.
In addition, almost all county or local entities have a minimum level of fuel demand to support infrastructure and emergency services. Trucks & equipment for public works and safety departments. Indeed, currently fuel expenditures represent a material portion of budgets; funds that often leave the local or regional economy. Fuel expenses as a percentage of these budgets are likely only to grow and further squeeze public services and benefits. Again, not so with Local Fuels. The production of the fuel offers an opportunity for good paying jobs with a future and much more of the funds retained in the local or regional economy; creating a new multiplier impact.
Finally, many county or municipal entities are positioned to supplement interstate freight, air, rail, or ship fuel requirements...which are so large as to represent continuous market price/demand. Few options, other than Local Fuels, combine control of the feedstock, local or regional project control, a scale pathway for organic growth based on market demand, and profitable investment/return practicalities. Implementation is also well within the type of engineer/construction projects that are regularly carried out by or under the auspices of county or regional authorities. Therefore, for these and
additional reasons, Local Fuels are an effective means to rapidly ramp up and fulfill the promise of the Green New Deal.
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All you have to gain is better jobs, more funds, and cleaner air & water for your community.
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