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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Biofuels, Part II

I think the wikipedia page describes them the best, biofuels are a serious alternative to the future funding of more MPG's.

Specifically, "green diesel" seems like it has potential, as the wikipedia page puts it:
Green diesel, also known as renewable diesel, is a form of diesel fuel which is derived from renewable feedstock rather than the fossil feedstock used in most diesel fuels. Green diesel feedstock can be sourced from a variety oils including canola, algae, jatropha and salicornia in addition to tallow. Green diesel uses tradional fractional distillation to process the oils, not to be confused with biodiesel which is chemically quite different and processed using transesterification.
“Green Diesel” as commonly known in Ireland should not be confused with dyed green diesel sold at a lower tax rate for agriculture purposes, using the dye allows custom officers to determine if a person is using the cheaper diesel in higher taxed applications such as commercial haulage or cars.[14]
Algae, which is actually being used in experiments at MIT to determine its propriety with electricity when properly provided with sunlight, is a great alternative. But will it work with cars? I'm not sure...

Brazil has started acquiring "green" fuels, so it has already come into practice, hope it works.

18 comments:

  1. just read a really interesting article on the Vauxhall Ampera fully electric motor with a fuel generator backup.

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  2. green is the wave of the future, really amazing what they can do

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  3. As always, very informative. Thanks for the continued info.

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  4. If it is cheaper than normal diesel, it may have a chance.

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  5. interesting , i hope they put alot of time and research into this thanks for the read

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  6. Algae is amazing, it already produces so much oxygen for our planet, it would be incredible if it became an efficient fuel source as well.

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  7. It's good to see that you're beating inertia today :)

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  8. Interesting series
    good old algae

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