Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) February 10, 2009
Kansans and Californians are suffering these days for lack of good governance in years past says technology developer Les Blevins of Advanced Alternative Energy Corp. (http://aaecorp.com) To be successful in the long haul, a state must be proactive and not be overloaded with ineffective, bureaucratic agencies. And state agencies must not be staffed with managers and employees who are too intimidated by the bureaucracy of state systems to be proactive, innovative and even somewhat entrepreneurial.
Blevins invented a cutting edge energy and environmental technology and began developing it in the 1980s. Today the world is clamoring for such advanced thermal and thermo-chemical technologies to address a host of difficult problems related to gaining energy efficiency, energy independence, mitigation of global warming and climate change, and gaining energy security. And lately the creation of green collar jobs and the improved economy they can bring to a state or a nation are adding a further incentive.
Blevins tried to attract the attention and financial support of the administration in Topeka but he found Topeka would rather start up another state agency (in this case the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation) that soon proved it could spend millions of taxpayer dollars each year subsidizing companies that were already in business. Blevins had invented, tested, patented and developed his novel new biomass and waste conversion technology to the tune of $150,000, which was all he had available, and asked Topeka and Kansas University to support a straightforward demonstration and validation of the technology to the tune of another $150,000 to be provided by the U.S. Dept. of Energy or the EPA via a research grant.
When Topeka turned Blevins' appeals down because he was lacking the needed matching funds he decided to contact Sacramento figuring California with its image of being more progressive than Kansas would readily agree to undertake a public-private collaboration in the interest of the economic advantages it would bring California if and when the novel system Blevins invented could be manufactured in California for deployment in North America and for export to developing countries around the Pacific Rim.
So Blevins contacted California institutions of higher learning to talk with faculty members who had an interest in novel new fuel conversion systems that could operate using multiple advanced thermal conversion processes.
Blevins soon discovered California was ahead of Kansas in one area, namely in creating state agencies. Blevins says he; "Found so many state agencies that it was hard to determine who he should approach with his collaboration proposal.
Now some 20+ years later, and because of a lack of state and federal support in alternative energy R&D, neither Kansas nor California are benefitting from the economic development potential of at least one alternative/renewable energy technology.
For additional information on the news story that is the subject of this release, contact Les Blevins or visit http://www.aaecorp.com.
Les Blevins and the 'Sequential Grates' fuels conversion and biorefining system, currently patented and under further development.
Les Blevins Jr. was born and raised in Kansas.
His background is in the mechanical trades, and he is currently developing innovative concepts to address multiple energy and environmental problems through offering scaleable, clean distributed energy technology with an emphasis on practicality and economy.
Blevins believes humans and the environment are on a collision course. Our activities are inflicting harsh and irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. Many of humanity's current practices put at serious risk the future that we all wish for humanity to unprecedented degrees.
Les believes new innovations in fuels processing systems can bring about the needed improvements - and that more than ever fundamental changes are urgent this decade if we are to avoid the life altering collision our present course will bring about. Our practices may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner we now know ever again if we don't make immediate changes.
Les Blevins became concerned about the future during the middle 1970,s upon reading in the news about oil issues and reading reports on then President Jimmy Carter's position on fossil fuels, the likely effects of our growing energy consumption of fossil fuels on the environment and on international politics.
Blevins believes advancements in energy generation and conservation can play a major role in solving the problem. And he favors developing improved combustion, pyrolysis and gasification methods, and in implementing these new concept systems in distributed and On-site installations as the best means to better utilize very diverse biomass sources, better manage solid, liquid and gaseous wastes, and produce from these a new source of heat, power, liquid fuels such as ethanol and biodeisel, and methane and hydrogen gas.
Blevins decided to look at what he could do to advance the scope of human knowledge on how humanity could address these complex issues. He subsequently decided to look into the possibility that he could best contribute by researching fuels conversion systems designed to reduce dependence on fossil fuels by utilizing diverse low value and widely available biomass and wastes as fuel instead. Thus Les perceived the need for improved biomass conversion technology in the 1970s.
This led to the invention and development of a furnace capable of using bulky biomass fuels such as small square and large round bales of agricultural byproducts like straws, stems, stalks, husks and leaves as well as dedicated biomass fuel crops such as grasses like elephant and switchgrass, miscanthus, sugar cane bagasse etc. The Blevins system can also use several processes in the conversion of these into liquid fuels as well. These processes include direct combustion, pyrolysis and gasification.
Advanced Alternative Energy is developing an advanced system technology for utilizing a wider range of renewable biomass forms in space heating, heating industrial processes, for use in power generation, and in production of biofuels and other valuable products to help achieve sustainability.
Gasification is the preferred process;
Unlike combustion processes, gasification is an oxygen-starved process that converts solid fuels (biomass, coal, etc.) into gaseous fuels (Hydrogen and Carbon Monoxide). Gasification is uniquely capable of producing not only heat and power, but also can be used with downstream catalysts to convert the syngas to liquid fuels and chemicals (diesel, ethanol, methanol); and, to hydrogen gas for fuel cell applications.
When using biomass feedstocks, which are considered 'carbon-neutral' (i.e. no net added carbon emissions), gasification technology can concurrently mitigate wastes (i.e. municipal, industrial and agricultural) while producing renewable energy. When using coal feedstocks, gasification technology can achieve greater efficiencies compared to combustions processes while removing trace contaminants from the gas prior to combustion of the syngas.
This approach offers multiple benefits to society such as reduced demand for finite fossil fuels and in turn lower market prices for such fuels, reduced emissions of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas, additional cash crops for our farmers and landowners, which would in turn benefit the farm sector and assist rural areas maintain economic viability.
Les Blevins, seeing increased government dedication to using the technological approach to addressing the nations addiction to oil, and fixing the climate, and seeing the recently completed Oak Ridge National Laboratory report outlining a national bioenergy strategy, indications one billion dry tons of biomass, meaning any organic matter that is currently available on a sustainable basis for displacement of up to 30 % of our nation's petroleum consumption as transportation fuel, now plans to seek funding from the government and from investors for comprehensive technology development, testing and validation of the AAEC patented fuels conversion system.
These funding sources combined with the technology validation process are expected to transform Advanced Alternative Energy Co., from a purely R&D organization to a viable commercial business entity.
AAEC success in finding funding would insure AAEC is able to play a role in achieving an increase in ethanol and other liquid fuels production that would see US transportation fuels from agricultural biomass and wastes increase to 20 percent in 2030 and electrical power from clean coal processes also increase to 20 percent by 2030, 30 percent by 2040 and 40 percent by 2050. In fact, depending on several factors, if the company is able to commercialize its new biomass conversion technology, AAEC could be providing similar systems that could provide similar amounts of renewable bioenergy in many developing countries which would improve our chances of successfully addressing climate change in time to avoid a catastrophe.
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Les Blevins President & CEO
Advanced Alternative Energy
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