What Are the Benefits of Biofuels

If you are concerned about the constantly rising price of gas, but still want to use products that are all natural to power your car, and all the other appliances that you use, you will definitely want to learn more about biofuels. You can find many of these green fuels in the products that you use every day, and many of these solutions are affordable.

What Are Biofuels

Biofuels are defined as a solid, liquid, or gas fuel that is made from biological materials that have recently died. This makes them different from fossil fuels, which are produced from biological animals and plants that have died years ago.

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The most common source of biofuels are photosynthetic plants, and all over the world, these fuels are used to power stoves and some vehicles. This industry is starting to grow tremendously in Europe and Asia, and parts of the Americas are starting to follow this trend as well.

Biofuels Research and Production

There are two main ways to produce biofuels. One is growing crops that have high sugar content, such as sweet sorghum, sugar cane or sugar beet. Cornstarch is also used to create this fuel, and after these crops have grown, yeast fermentation will produce ethyl alcohol, or ethanol.

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The second method in getting the biofuels that you need is to grow plants that have high amounts of vegetable oil; these plants include soybeans, algae, or oil palm. When the oils are brought to a high temperature, they can be burned directly into a diesel engine, and getting the oils chemically processed can produce biodiesel. Some factories, and families that ‘live green’, can also use wood to create biofuels, and in some cases, non-edible plant parts can be used, but this can be rather expensive.

Biofuels have been the center of a number of worldwide economic debates, such as the issue of carbon emissions levels in the air, and the food versus fuel debate. The impact that biofuels have on water resources is also a topic of discussion with country officials and farmers, since the materials needed to make these fuels are completely natural. Scientists and economists are also looking for ways to make sure that soil erosion is reduced while biofuel is being created, and of course, the cost of oil prices is a consideration as well.

Getting a car that will only use natural fuels will help to make progress when it comes to bettering the air quality in the environment, which can preserve the natural resources in the world as well. You can find out more about how to use natural fuel for your car, as well as the car companies that are starting to manufacture more automobiles with biofuels by visiting the likes of the Chevron Corporation or the Honda Motor Company.

Page Updated: October 16, 2018
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