Bio-fuels are fuels derived from sustainable and renewable biological sources (ABC’s). These sources, commonly referred to as Biomass, usually consists of either food crops (corn, sugar cane, wheat, and potato’s), various biological oils (peanut, sunflower, algae, and soy oil), or biological waste (waste vegetable oil, wood-chips, corn leaves and stalks, and yard waste) (Biofuels)(Biomass). Bio-fuels are often touted as a viable carbon-neutral replacement for carbon based fossil fuels. The hope of many Bio-fuel advocates is that the domestic production and use of these various fuels will help too reducing our dependence on foreign oil thus securing our energy Independence and strengthening our economy (Cleveland).
What are some of the different types of Bio-fuel?
There are many different types of Bio-fuels in use today and many others in development. The two most common forms of Bio-fuel are Bioethanol and Biodiesel.
Bioethanol is an alcohol based fuel which is most often derived via the fermentation of the sugar components of biomass by yeast or bacteria and is by far the world’s most common form of Bio-fuel. These biomass components known as feedstock’s (source materials for production) are mainly sourced from food crops high in sugar or simple starches like sugar cane, sugar beets, and corn. More recently, advanced techniques have allowed the use of more complex sugar polymers know as cellulosic biomass. Cellulosic biomass is the tougher, structural component of plant matter not commonly used as food. Cellulosic biomass feedstock’s currently under consideration include: stalks, leaves, husks, wood chips, sawdust, household waste, and fast growing grasses. These new sources of Bioethanol are, ev...
... middle of paper ...
...11. Web. 27 October 2011
“Biomass” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 2011. Web. 27 October 2011
“The ABC’s of Biofuels.” eere.energy.gov. U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable
Energy 17 Aug 2011. Web. 28 Oct 2011
Cleveland, Cutler “Cellulosic biofuels.” eoearth.org. Encyclopedia of Earth 11 Oct 2011.
Web. 26 Oct 2011
“Cellulosic_biofuels_1.jpg.” Diagram. eoearth.org. Encyclopedia of Earth 11 Oct 2011.
Web. 26 Oct 2011
“The Biofuels FAQ’s.” energyfuturecoalition.org. Energy Future Coalition n.d. Web. 26 Oct
“What are Biofuels FAQ” ncbiofuels.net NC Biofuels n.d. Web 27 Oct 2011
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The History, Use, Impacts, and Moral Challenges of Bio-Fuel Technology on Brazil and Its People As the largest country in South America and the fifth largest country in the world, it should come as no surprise that Brazil is a leader in Bio-Fuel Technology. This paper seeks to uncover the major impacts that this technology has on the country of Brazil and its people. A Brief Overview of Brazil Colonized in 1500 by Pedro Alvares Cabral of Portugal, Brazil has suffered much turmoil in its quest to become an independent nation.... [tags: Bio Fuel Technology]
1507 words (4.3 pages)
- Bio-Fuels By: Cody Gregory Many have said that bio-fuels are the fuel of the future, and others say it is just going to harm the atmosphere even more than are normal fuels. Well today we will be looking at some positives and negatives about bio-fuels. Biofuels have been around as long as cars have. At the start of the 20th century, Henry Ford planned to fuel his Model T’s with ethanol, and early diesel engines were shown to run on peanut oil.... [tags: Renewable energy, Fossil fuel, Carbon dioxide]
1326 words (3.8 pages)
- Oil palm is a multipurpose plantation yet it is also productive producer of biomass. Palm oil industry’s waste may provide an alternative sources of bio-fuel energy like bio-ethanol, bio-methanol, bio-hydrogen and bio-diesel. The oil palm is a well-known plants for its other substances of renewable energy with enormous quantity of biomass by-products that are developed to produce value added bio-plastic, methane gas, bio-compost, organic acids, plywood, animal feedstock and activated carbon. Commonly, palm oil forms around 10% of the whole palm tree, whereas the other 90% remains as biomass which is full of cellulose and fibre that generally used to generate steam for power generation in pal... [tags: biomass, bio-ethanol]
938 words (2.7 pages)
- Algae: Bio Fuel of the Future Bio Fuels are clearly the most suitable alternative energy of the future as oil and coal are both rapidly vanishing and increasingly out of interest for nations wishing to avoid terrorist nations. Recently, algae has been discovered as an extremely suitable bio fuel because of its surprisingly high ratio of yield to area required for growth. In 1960 Oswald and Golweke proposed the use of large‐scale ponds for cultivating algae on wastewater nutrients and anaerobically fermenting the biomass into methane fuel.... [tags: Biofuel Fuel Energy Power]
1224 words (3.5 pages)
- What is Bio-fuel. Bio-fuels are fuels derived from sustainable and renewable biological sources (ABC’s). These sources, commonly referred to as Biomass, usually consists of either food crops (corn, sugar cane, wheat, and potato’s), various biological oils (peanut, sunflower, algae, and soy oil), or biological waste (waste vegetable oil, wood-chips, corn leaves and stalks, and yard waste) (Biofuels)(Biomass). Bio-fuels are often touted as a viable carbon-neutral replacement for carbon based fossil fuels.... [tags: Energy ]
847 words (2.4 pages)
- FuelCell Energy Announces 5.6 Megawatt Fuel Cell Project With Pfizer Inc. • FuelCell Energy, Inc. announced plans to install a 5.6 megawatt fuel cell power generation system for Pfizer Inc.’s research and development site in Groton, Connecticut • Pfizer will purchase the power and steam under a 20 year power purchase agreement • Fuel cell system will include two DFC3000® fuel cell power plants o Will generate a total of 5.6 megawatts of clean power and steam and will supply a portion of Pfizer Groton facility’s energy needs o Reduces heating costs and the associated pollutants and carbon emissions from more traditional combustion-based boiler systems • Fuel cell plants produce clean power an... [tags: Electric vehicle, Fuel cell, Electric car]
705 words (2 pages)
- Bio-diesel: Alternative Fuel Source Introduction Currently today more than 99% of all fuel consumed is petroleum (3). In the year 2025 the world’s reserves of petroleum will be a dry source (7). Other than the shortage of petroleum, the burning of petroleum also causes many problems such as global warming. In this case, engineers and scientists need to come up with an alternative energy source for gasoline not only because of the shortage, but because of the environmental problems gasoline and other fossil fuels cause for the environment.... [tags: Petroleum Environment Ecology Essays]
1949 words (5.6 pages)
- The Unsuccessful Use of Ethanol Current interest in ethanol fuel in the United States mainly lies in bio-ethanol, produced from corn, but there has been considerable debate about how useful bio-ethanol will be in replacing fossil fuels in vehicles. Concerns relate to the large amount of arable land required for crops, as well as the energy and pollution balance of the whole cycle of ethanol production. I don't think the US could implement the use of ethanol or other alternate fuels successfully as Brazil has done for many reasons: firstly, ethanol production in the United States does not benefit the nation's energy security, its agriculture, economy or the environment because ethanol produc... [tags: Alternative fuel bio-ethanol]
779 words (2.2 pages)
- Biofuel: An Alternative Energy Source Abstract As the world’s source of fossil fuels diminishes, another source of energy must replace fossil fuels. This paper evaluates biofuel, one alternative form of energy by showing what biofuel is, how it works, its historical use, and benefits and drawbacks it pertains. I hypothesized that biofuel would be an effective alternative energy. My conclusion does not support my claim, but in terms of worldwide usage. Introduction: With the world’s source of fossil fuels depleting, we need to find an alternative energy source.... [tags: Power Energy Bio Fuel]
1461 words (4.2 pages)
- Biofuels: Ethanol an Alternative Energy Source Abstract In today's society, when someone wants to go to the movies, work, school, library, or mall, they drive to their destination. The average amount of gasoline consumed per year is about 146 gallons in the U.S. (Biofuels for Transportation, p1). Discoveries of huge petroleum deposits kept gasoline cheap for decades and biofuels were forgotten (Leen, p1). However, with the recent oil prices, along with growing concern of global warming caused by carbon dioxide emissions, biofuel regained popularity (Leen, p1).... [tags: Biofuel Bio Fuel Essays Papers]
1536 words (4.4 pages)
- A Strong and Free Society Needs both Public Engagement and Government Intervention
- Discrimination Lives Within Everyone
- Rip Van Winkle: A Portrait of the American People Before and After the Revolution
- The Literate Arts Are Not Needed: They Are Wanted
- Alice in Wonderland: Children’s Story or Fairytale?
- Intrinsic Benefits of Cooperative Learning