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Biofuels change direction - Energy Realities - A Visual Guide to Global Energy Needs

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Will biofuels fail to deliver on high expectations?

The media regularly carry stories of racing cars, buses, trains, ships and aeroplanes being converted to run on biofuels such as ethanol and petroleum products. These so-called first-generation biofuels are derived from food crops grown on good land, including corn, rapeseed, sugarcane, beet, wheat and sorghum in the case of ethanol; and vegetable oil, soy, palm or coconut for biodiesel. In North America, ethanol refiners consume roughly 40% of the corn crop. In Brazil, they use around half the country’s sugarcane crop, and in Europe the biodiesel industry consumes about 60% of the continent’s rapeseed crop.


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9) With the growing support through the media, biofuels are becoming more and more popular.  They have reported about racecars even changing to biofuels.  

 

10) Biofuels are made from crops grown on good land, which range anywhere from sugarcane to corn.  A stunning stat was that, in North America, ethanol refiners purchase about 40% of all corn crops

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Nicholas Newman's curator insight, April 22, 2013 1:18 PM

Just had this published in Economist Intelligence Unit's Energy Realities. It about the problems with innovations such as biofuels.http://www.energyrealities.org/content/biofuels-change-direction/erpC548EA94FF95905E2

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IEA - Biofuels

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1) biofuels are made from biomass and waste feedstocks. They become biodiesels or ethanol.

 

2) biofuels have grown rapidly within the last decade

 

3) Biofuels make up about 3% of fuel used in transportation today but many places are higher such as Brazil who's drivers on avarage are 23% biofuel users

 

 4) The government is pushing for more easily available biofuels and even the IEA is supporting this cause while still reguring them to meet standards

 

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Biofuel and Ethanol

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8)  This video explains Bio fuels and Ethanol, their application, advantages and disadvantages

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NREL: Learning - Biofuels Basics

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5) biofuels are a renewable energy source with the two most common being ethanol and biodiesel

 

6) Ethanol is the same as found in beer and wine but when converted into a fuel it is changed so it is undrinkable

 

7) Ethanol is usually made from starches and sugars but is mostly used as a blending agent with gasoline to cut down highly on carbon monoxide emissions

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