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Our goal is to raise 25k to make repairs and improve our ability to respond to natural disasters with sustainable energy solutions. Like all volunteer disaster relief organization we have a limited budget. Our largest expense is in fuel to get the bus, tools, supplies and crew to the disaster and generate power for communications and logistics once we set up our base camp.

The VeteransGreen Bus was designed to reduce the cost of fuel by using filtered waste vegetable oil. We have proven our WVO design reduces the costs of fuel by 90%. Now we need to make the bus ready for long term disaster relief service and to demonstrate our technologies with other organizations facing high transportation fuel costs and budget restrictions.

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Originally posted to gordonsoderberg on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 06:57 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    DaNang65, llbear, Gordon20024, Chun Yang

    Stop and think about what you can do to help.

    by gordonsoderberg on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 06:57:55 AM PDT

  •  In the event of a disaster, is being (2+ / 0-)
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    VClib, llbear

    green really at the top of the list? I am very green (with a 10kW solar array on my roof, for one thing). But when lives are at stake, don't we just want a rescue vehicle that gets the job done as reliably as possible?

    •  The Veterans Green Bus is very reliable (2+ / 0-)
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      DaNang65, gordonsoderberg

      the fire was caused by a faulty repair job on the wiring harness done as part of routine upkeep. The bio-fuel parts of the engine were unaffected.

      I'm as wary and nonplussed as anyone about the many forms of "energy conservation" that only work when you have to shell out so much money to install whatever "green" conversion you need, that there is little chance of actually saving any money. The cost of converting a bus to Gordon's version of a Green bus was $8,000. Once that conversion is done the fuel - used cooking oil - is free.

      The fuel cost of driving The Veterans Green Bus from Chicago to Far Rockaway, New York was $4.15. The distance is 817 miles. That's roughly 1/2 a penny per mile. A diesel-fueled 1993 model Crown Supercoach bus at best gets 10 m.p.g. That same trip would require 82 gallons of diesel. Today in Ohio the lowest price for 1 gallon of diesel gas is $3.58. That same trip would cost $293.56. The conversion pays for itself in 2,250 miles.

      Those who fought the war in Afghanistan won it. Get them out of Afghanistan NOW . . . It's long past time. To vote for me at NN13:

      by llbear on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 09:01:20 AM PDT

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    •  Having 240 gallons of grease means (1+ / 0-)
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      Having 240 gallons of grease on board means almost never having to say you're hungry. Being able to power multi fuel generators, transportation and heavy equipment when everyone else is standing in a fuel ration line? Priceless.

      Stop and think about what you can do to help.

      by gordonsoderberg on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 12:32:50 PM PDT

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  •  Check out more of our videos here. (1+ / 0-)
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    Stop and think about what you can do to help.

    by gordonsoderberg on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 12:37:35 PM PDT

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