Vitruvian Energy is a socially-conscious cleantech startup that has developed a technology to convert municipal sewage into a biofuel that can be used in existing internal combustion engines. With this technology, Vitruvian Energy aims to solve three important and related problems: (1) cost-effective renewable energy generated within local communities; (2) truly sustainable transportation biofuels that complement solar and wind; (3) recycling and energy recovery from society's final waste stream, the sewage treatment plant.

Biofuels will play a significant role in our energy future. They are a natural fit for use as a transportation energy source, due to their portability and 24x7 availability. Consumer demand and regulatory policy show a preference for renewable energy throughout the economy, with 13% of US electricity generation now sourced from renewables. However, the US transportation sector has lagged behind, generating only 5% of its energy from renewables. In their efforts...
Vitruvian Energy is a socially-conscious cleantech startup that has developed a technology to convert municipal sewage into a biofuel that can be used in existing internal combustion engines. With this technology, Vitruvian Energy aims to solve three important and related problems: (1) cost-effective renewable energy generated within local communities; (2) truly sustainable transportation biofuels that complement solar and wind; (3) recycling and energy recovery from society's final waste stream, the sewage treatment plant.

Biofuels will play a significant role in our energy future. They are a natural fit for use as a transportation energy source, due to their portability and 24x7 availability. Consumer demand and regulatory policy show a preference for renewable energy throughout the economy, with 13% of US electricity generation now sourced from renewables. However, the US transportation sector has lagged behind, generating only 5% of its energy from renewables. In their efforts to penetrate this market, existing biofuels face various challenges: feedstock availability, high engineering costs, concerns about carbon footprint and land-use changes, and issues when blending with fossil fuels.

Vitruvian Energy proposes to overcome these challenges by producing a biofuel from an organic waste available in every community: sewage biosolids, the dirt-like organic material that remains after sewage is processed at a wastewater treatment plant. Our biofuel has a low carbon footprint, blends up to 20% in existing gas and diesel engines, and utilizes an innovative series of natural steps instead of the expensive GMOs and synthetic chemistry in competing next-generation biofuels. Long-term, this biofuel has the potential to power a vehicle engine on its own and to be sourced from many other organic waste materials. It is an ideal transition fuel towards a fully clean energy economy.

Our biofuel complements established renewable energies such as solar and wind, and gives communities the ability to generate distributed energy using locally-sourced organic material. The biofuel integrates with our existing energy infrastructure and aligns with projected consumer demand for low-carbon-footprint fuels and local energy production.

We believe our biofuel will resonate with communities and consumers as a green, local, 24x7 energy source – “the organic of biofuels”

(Full business plan and 10-minute pitch available upon request.)
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