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Author: RWHill
• Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Tonight the fun begins all over again in Indiana:


The ARCA Racing Series will hit the track at Lucas Oil Raceway. And the #08 car will be in the running. Randy Hill Racing is off to a great start thanks to a great car, a great crew and a great young driver: Casey Roderick. Watch us on television as we go for the checkered flag.

We’re chasing the dream and we have every intention of being competitive and winning races for a long time to come!

Author: RWHill
• Friday, January 07th, 2011

The announcement our company made this week was done in Idaho. But its impact is much bigger than one state.

As this article notes, our nation faces an energy crisis:


With so much of our oil coming from the Middle East and with India and China increasing the global demand on oil, the pain at the pump might get a lot worse a lot sooner than you think:

“If you thought $4 gasoline was bad, wait a year. Americans will pay $5 for a gallon of gasoline by 2012 as global demand grows faster than oil producers’ supply, predicted John Hofmeister, the former president of Shell Oil and current head of Citizens for Affordable Energy. Without a significant investment in alternative energy sources, we’re on a collision course with ‘blackouts, brownouts, gas lines, [and] rationing.’”

Isn’t now the time to start a real effort to produce renewable energy? It is and we are at the University of Idaho.

Author: RWHill
• Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

As we approach a new year, I want to spend some time on the blog this week talking about my New Year’s Resolutions.

Only these resolutions aren’t about losing weight or eating better (though I should probably try to do both of those, too). Instead, my resolutions will be ways that I believe I can make a difference. All of us can make a difference in our own way. But we have to have a plan to get there.

My plan for 2011 includes doing my part to end this nation’s addiction to foreign oil. We can’t continue to fund tyrannies in the Middle East. We need to develop energy solutions right here in the United States. I believe we need more domestic oil and gas production. But I also believe we need more renewable energy solutions. I’m going to step up my commitment to biomass energy and it all starts with a big announcement after the first of the year. So get ready…change is on the way!

Author: RWHill
• Friday, August 27th, 2010

Advanced Trailer Awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,779,556

For Revolutionary Semi Trailer that Dries Agricultural Products

ABILENE, TEXAS—The US Patent and Trademark Office Tuesday granted a patent for the Advanced Trailer, a product of APT Advanced Trailer & Equipment LP in Abilene, Texas. The Advanced Trailer is the only semi-trailer that has a unique drying system that can dry, store and transport peanuts and other agricultural products. This patent confirms their exclusive status as the nation’s leader in agricultural crop drying.

“This patent comes at a great time of opportunity for Advanced Trailer, our intellectual property and the industries we serve,” said Randy Hill, President & CEO of APT Advanced Trailer & Equipment LP. “This will enable Advanced Trailer to further our presence in the peanut industry and agricultural crop drying. Advanced Trailer is now prepared to aggressively move forward as we expand and diversify into the renewable and bio-energy markets.”

In addition, Hill announced that his company has entered into a new financial agreement with Regions Bank in Atlanta, Georgia.

“We are proud to provide financing for Advanced Trailer because we believe this product can revolutionize America,” said Billy Cannon of Regions Bank.  “We are investing heavily in the agricultural economy and we believe that Randy will now be able to take his Advanced Trailer and transform the biomass market as well.”

APT Advanced Trailer and Equipment LP is best known for its trailers which are used to procure (dry) agricultural products. Advanced Trailer has more than 3000 drying trailers currently in service in all 10 U.S. peanut producing states across America. Recently Advanced Trailer has gained national recognition for their ongoing bio-energy research which uses their trailers to remove moisture from wood biomass products. Over the past two years Advanced Trailer has funded a number of both State University and private sector research for biomass related projects. Currently over 100 power plants in the U.S. burn biomass to create energy.  For more information about Advanced Trailer please visit www.advancedtrailer.com

Author: RWHill
• Monday, August 09th, 2010

Last week we ended our series on the challenges facing Texas by discussing renewable energy.  This week we’ll begin a new series by focusing exclusively on this vital issue facing our state and our nation.

With America importing more and more of its oil from overseas, it’s long past time to expand our renewable energy programs here domestically.  And the good news is we are already starting to do it.  This week, I’ll be discussing renewable energy and some important new developments that my company is involved in.

So check us out this week!

Author: RWHill
• Monday, May 10th, 2010

Summer time is fast approaching. That means it’s time to hold onto your wallets as gas prices will soon be rising:


This is a good time for our blog to return to the subject of energy policy in this country. As I’ve often said, every time we fill up at the pump, we are putting money into the pockets of dictators in the Middle East. Can’t we do better than that?

We can and we’ll talk about it this week on the blog!

Author: RWHill
• Friday, March 12th, 2010

One of the reasons that gas prices are going up is that oil is a depleting resource. For decades, we’ve been drilling for oil here in the United States. As a result, we have less of it and more need to rely on foreign oil.

That’s why it’s more important than ever that we look to sources of energy that are here in the US and that are renewable. My favorite example is biomass. Biomass is essentially fueled by burning wood products. And we have plenty of wood products in America. In fact, we will always have plenty of wood products in America.

So why would we import oil from the Middle East when we could generate energy from biomass here in the United States?

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, February 03rd, 2010


Feature article calls Hill a “natural entrepreneur” who is trying to transform biomass

ABILENE, TX—Texas Entrepreneur Randy Hill was profiled today in a front page story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, a member of the McClatchy Newspapers. The story highlighted Hill’s work with both Texas Tech University and the University of Idaho to use the Advanced Trailer for drying, storing and hauling the wood chips that fuel biomass.

“This feature story in one of Texas’ largest newspapers shows that the Advanced Trailer for Biomass is picking up steam,” Hill said.  “This isn’t about me.  It’s about a revolutionary concept for how we dry, store and transport biomass.  This is just the beginning for the Advanced Trailer for Biomass.”

The link to the story is here: http://www.star-telegram.com/local/story/1942556.html

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Tonight when President Obama delivers his State of the Union Address, here is something else he should do: challenge Republicans to work with him on cap and trade.

Some sort of carbon legislation is going to happen eventually. So the choice Republicans face is: do we want a cap and trade system or a carbon tax? A carbon tax would most likely come in the form of a dramatic increase in the cost of fuel at the gas pump. Conservatives won’t support that. Instead, a cap and trade system would provide a marketplace where carbon credits are bought and sold.

President Obama should call out Republicans on this issue and encourage them to work with him to create a carbon-trading system that will help our economy and our environment.

Author: RWHill
• Friday, January 15th, 2010

Today we end our series on why conservatives should support carbon credits.  And we do so by talking about one of the most important reasons: the free market.

As a conservative, I believe in the power of the marketplace.  I believe that companies should buy and sell products at competitive rates. And when they do, everyone wins.  Just imagine what would happen in the carbon market once producers began buying and selling carbon credits?  Not only would it be good for the environment, but it would be good for business because it would generate a whole new industry of energy entrepreneurs.

As a conservative, what’s not to like about that?

Author: RWHill
• Monday, December 21st, 2009

This week we are continuing our series on “what’s in the news” and we begin with oil prices:


As the article notes:

“Oil prices have risen nearly 60% this year, thanks in part to OPEC production cuts. But the cartel faces problems heading into 2010. Some members, such as Iraq and Venezuela, are increasing output even as OPEC tries to purge a huge buildup of oil. And waning stimulus efforts could pinch consumer demand for oil in industrialized nations.”

In other words, even though we are experiencing a recession, oil prices are going up because OPEC has restricted production. So the question is: how long will we Americans allow OPEC to hold a gun to our heads?

The time has come for the US to quit importing its energy and start producing it right here and right now.

Author: RWHill
• Thursday, October 29th, 2009

A simple rule of economics is the law of supply and demand. When there is too much of a product and not enough need from the consumer, the price goes down. So why are gas prices going up?


As I have often written on this blog, the oil market is not a truly free market. It doesn’t follow the law of supply and demand. As the article notes:

“Oil prices have risen in recent weeks as the global economy has shown signs of rebounding….Still, demand for gasoline, diesel and other fuels suffered as businesses and consumers tightened their purse strings, more than halving margins at plants that process crude oil.”

First, I’m not sure the economy is really rebounding. We now have unemployment of 10%. I bet those who are unemployed don’t think the economy has rbounded. Second, with businesses and consumers spending less on gas, why are prices high?

Because the oil market doesn’t respond to market pressures as it should. What can we do about it? We’ll close out our week-long series by discussing that question tomorrow.

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Today we are continuing our series on the rise in gas prices. Another major factor is the declining value of the dollar:


As the article notes:

“…prices are on the rise and it is the crumbling U.S. dollar that is sending them there. The dollar has lost more than 15 percent of its value since March. Because crude is bought and sold with dollars, investors who hold euros or other currencies that have strengthened against the dollar can essentially buy more crude with less.”

So to fight high gas prices, Washington needs to strengthen the dollar. And that means lowering taxes, lowering spending and getting the economy moving again.

But since Washington isn’t doing much of that, the dollar is likely to continue to be weak…and gas prices will continue to be high.

Author: RWHill
• Monday, October 26th, 2009

This week we’ll be blogging about the rising gas prices. Why are they on the way up?


As the article notes, there really are no reasons why the price at the pump should be high.

“There haven’t been any destructive hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico shutting down or destroying offshore drilling rigs, as was the case last year at this time. The peak summer driving season ended weeks ago. There’s plenty of crude oil in storage, too. It’s at above-normal levels for this time of year.”

So why are gas prices high? We’ll be talking about that all this week.  Check back on the blog each day to find out more.

Author: RWHill
• Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Advanced Trailer Launches 3rd

Project Using Trailer to Remove

Moisture from Biomass to be


Integro Earth Fuels LLC, becomes third in U.S. to use Advanced Trailer’s patent-pending technology to remove moisture from woody biomass materials


PRLog (Press Release)Oct 20, 2009 – Abilene, TX– Randy Hill, President and CEO of Advanced Trailer, announced that his company has provided an Advanced Drying Trailer along with a dryer to Integro Earth Fuels for use at their pilot torrefaction plant in Grambling, SC.

“We are excited about the opportunity to be involved with an innovative company like Integro. When they told us about their work in biomass torrefaction we were very interested in what they are doing and how we might be involved. Drying that uses our trailer is now under way in the Carolinas,” said Hill in announcing the project. Torrefaction is a thermo-chemical process conducted in an inert gas atmosphere at temperatures of 485°F to 535°F (250°C-270°C) during which the biomass undergoes an extraordinary transformation that overcomes many of the constraints associated with co-firing.

This makes the third biomass drying project for Advanced Trailer this year, the first two being research grants to both the University of Idaho and Iowa State University. Advanced Trailer is best known for its semi-trailers that are widely used across the nation to remove moisture from various agricultural crops. Advanced Trailer has more than 3000 drying trailers in service in all ten U.S. peanut producing states; they are also used to dry almonds in California and grass seed in Kansas. For the past two years Advanced Trailer explored the possibilities of using its patent-pending technology to remove moisture from woody biomass. For more information on Advanced Trailer and results of this research please contact Randy Hill randyhill@advancedtrailer.com @ 800-860-1360 or www.drybiomass.com Click on the web site and submit your information to receive a free informational DVD video about Advanced Trailer “Going Back To The Future”

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, October 07th, 2009

One of the arguments sometimes used against biomass is that it can’t generate enough power for enough homes.  That’s another argument that doesn’t hold up:


As the article notes:

“Akeida Capital Management, LLC, an environmental asset management firm focused on originating and investing in sustainable energy projects, today announced it has closed on senior secured financing for a biomass power generation facility located in Blue Lake, California. The facility has a capacity of 12.5-megawatts and can generate enough electricity to power 25,000 homes.

One biomass generation facility can provide enough power for a small city.  Imagine how many cities could be powered by biomass if we created even more biomass generation facilities.  And that’s exactly what is about to start happening.  Change isn’t just coming; change is already here.

Author: RWHill
• Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Another wind myth is that wind power is just a fad and can’t really produce energy.

The reality is, this past year the United States surpassed Germany to become the world leader in wind power:


Wind is here, wind is working and wind is growing.  According to this article:

“- Wind projects accounted for 42 percent of all new electric generating capacity in the United States last year.

“- Growth is distributed across much of the country. Texas leads the nation with 7,118 megawatts of new wind capacity installed, followed by Iowa (2,791 megawatts) and California (2,517 megawatts). For a long time, California led the United States in installed wind capacity.”

So America is leading the world and Texas leading America when it comes to wind power. And the growth of wind energy is not a fad…it’s a fact.

Author: RWHill
• Friday, August 07th, 2009

Want to know why the time has come for alternative energy? Because the time for oil may have already passed:


As this article notes, we may have already experienced peak oil:

“In 1995, several scientists applied Hubbert’s method with current data, coming up with a revised peak oil date of between 2004 and 2008. Modelling with alternate data sets has placed peak oil as early as 2000, and no later than 2011. Peak oil will be reached in the next couple of years if it has not already, with drastic consequences for the world economy and society unless there is a major shift to alternative energy sources.”

I’m an optimist. I see the end of the oil era as the beginning of a new era of alternative energy. Besides, for national security reasons, we have to begin using less oil from the Middle East.

And the best part is, we are fast approaching the day when we won’t need oil because of wind, solar and biomass. We have the resources. We have the technology.

But do we have the vision to see a future fueled by renewable energy?

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, August 05th, 2009

How serious is Washington about alternative energy? Serious enough that political leaders are talking about changing the way we fuel our cars.

This week, Vice President Biden will arrive in Detroit to announce the recipients of federal research grants given to those trying to invent a new battery:


For years, we’ve known how to fuel cars with a battery that is charged electrically–we use this technology on golf carts, for example. But the challenge has been to create a battery that is strong enough and can work long enough to power cars. With these grants, we may be getting closer to the day when a stop at the gas station is a memory.

Alternative energy is here. Are you ready for it?

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Author: RWHill
• Monday, August 03rd, 2009