Alternative Biofuels: Are They Junk Or Genius?

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Alternative Biofuels: Are They Junk Or Genius?


With nonrenewable resources becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to extract more and more people and nations are beginning to recognize the importance of investing in alternative sources of energy to supply the world's demand. Are biofuels the answer?

As the supply of natural nonrenewable resources becomes increasingly scarcer and as the price of oil and coal continuing to increase in the long term, more and more people and nations are beginning to recognize the importance of investing in alternative sources of energy to supply the world's demand. Furthermore, people are concerned with utilizing green energy sources that will have a less harmful impact on the environment because it is becoming incredibly evident that society can survive otherwise.
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Turning Away From Conventional Fuels

Alternative options to conventional fuels include renewable energy like solar, wind, and hydroelectric hydrogen power, which is becoming increasingly more efficient to harness; air engine power, which utilizes cheap, compressed air; and biofuels, which include any fuel that is derived from living, organic matter. One fuel source in particular, alternative biofuel, is regarded as possibly being the energy source that saves the world from the clenches of fossil fuels.

Junk or Genius?

The purpose of any fuel is to store chemical energy inside a substance to be used later. Petroleum, natural gas, and coal all do this, but so do many other compounds. Biofuels ultimately derive from living organisms and must be composed of at least 80% renewable matter. Furthermore, biomass fuel technology is heavily reliant on the process of photosynthesis, so it is technically refined solar energy. Over the years scientists have continuously made breakthroughs in biofuel technology to make it more efficient and less harmful on the environment.

Types of Biofuels

Any organic matter could be used as a biofuel, but several particular candidates stand out among the rest. Cellulose, or fibers, are sugars that can be found in grass, trees, and corn and are abundantly available. Algae is popular because, since it grows in water, it does not take up much-needed land and it grows very rapidly. Agricultural crops, such as corn and soy, can be refined to ethanol and are readily available, but these are currently viewed as mostly short-term solutions. Waste byproducts, such as refining animal or paper refuse, can serve as sources of biofuel either from paper scraps, animal manure, or leftover animal fat.

Paving the way, countries like Australia and New Zealand have long been seen as pioneers of the green energy movement. Companies like MTA Australasia use biogas and compressed air treatments to provide consumers with a clean, friendly energy alternative. As this technology spreads, more countries will follow suit and it will not be long before it becomes the predominant energy choice for consumers.

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