Alternate Fuel 

 

Biofuels - What Are They?

Biofuels - What Are They?

Author: Mike Sullivan

 

Biofuels are fuels that can be created when some biological materials decompose. They are primarily derived from plants, and can be formed as solids, liquids or gases.

Bio-fuels are different from fossil fuels in the following ways: 1. Fossil fuels take millions of years to make whereas bio-fuels can be made extremely fast, in a matter of days. 2. Fossil fuels generate huge amounts of pollution. Bio-fuels are comparatively safer. 3. Bio-fuels are renewable sources of energy unlike fossil fuels.

Bio-fuels have been categorized into four types: first generation, second generation, third generation, and fourth generation.

The first generation bio-fuels are derived from vegetable fats, starch, and sugar, which are in turn derived from food-crops. The first generation fuels are also derived from animal fats. Biogas, bio-diesel, and vegetable oil are some examples of this type of bio-fuels.

The 2nd generation of biofuels are derived from waste biomass. This would include oil, alcohols and diesels made from things such as felled trees.

The third generation comprises of bio-fuels derived from algae. Algae are farmed on large scales for creating these bio-fuels. The algae fuels are extremely environment-friendly as they can easily decompose into the soil without harming it.

The 4th generation of biofuels are those made from excretions of microorganisms. The microorganisms are farmed in large scale reactors and excrete chemicals that can be used as fuel.

Advantages of biofuels include: 1. They reduce the burden on fossil fuels which will one day run out. 2. They are eco-friendly, unlike many bio fuels, and will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions. 3. They can be very cost effective when used correctly.

Disadvantages of bio-fuels include: 1. Economists have long debated on the usefulness of first generation bio-fuels when compared to the food that could be grown instead. Generating fuel from food crops makes food crops unworthy of human consumption. Some people believe that being a higher priority than fuel, food should not be farmed for making fuels but for human consumption. 2. Making bio-fuels require acres of farming land, thus encroaching upon the natural habitat of plants and animals.

Would you like to learn more about renewable energy technologies? We are renewable energy experts and enthusiasts. See our site which is at RenewableEnergyAtHome.Com for more details and do-it-yourself renewable energy. For example, see how to build a wind power generator through this link right now.

wind power,turbines,electricity,energy,fuel,alternative energy,renewable energy,power,wind
Alternate Fuel Recommended Products

Build Your Own Electric Car Run Half Water and Half Gas Home-made Power Plant Convert Any Car To Electric!Electric Car Conversion Manual! Convert Gas Car To Electric and Save Money! Easy Convert Your Car to a Hybrid! Water to Hydrogen - Booster! Hydrogen Fuel Exposed! Super Water Car Secret! Simple Water Car! Alternative Fuel Tips on Bio-diesel How To Set Up Your Own Electric Power Station In Your Back Yard ! Make Your Own Biodiesel Slash Your Gas Costs to ZERO with Electricity Run You're your Car on Water! Water4Gas Plans! Water Car Gas Guide- Water Power! Cars Run On H2O! Pro Gas See Videos Run Cars on Water! Green Car Conversion -Hybrid Gas Savers Double Your Mileage Alternative Energy Resources Gas-Water Videos Hypermiling Tutorial Will Show You How To Increase Your Mpg By Over 33% How to start An Import/Export Car Business Drive a New Car Vehicles for Free!

Videos

Loading...

What Are Biofuels News

Home
Gas Saving Ideas Information
Top Links
Gas Saving Inventions Links

Save fuel
Hydrogen fuel cell
hydrogen fuel cells
fuel saving tips
Hybrid resale value
Oil industry secrets
Hafc and picc
Browns gas
Hybrid car engine
Improve gas mileage
Mini cooper clubman
Electric car conversion
bio diesel
What are biofuels
High energy costs