Pros And Cons Of Renewable Bio Fuel

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Pros And Cons Of Bio Fuel Production

It is time to face the facts and admit that the US economy's dependence on foreign oil has done nothing but make the American consumer punch smog shaped holes in the ozone layer. In order to save the planet from looking like Swiss cheese, industries and technologies all over the globe have come up with renewable bio fuels that can serve as great alternatives to their smoggy gasoline counterparts.

There are many eco benefits of using renewable bio fuel as an alternative means of charging up your daily commutes. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the production and consumption of renewable bio fuel comes with its own baggage.

In order to fully understand where bio fuels stand in a fuel starved consumer market, it becomes integral to determine its impact on it.

Advantages Of Renewable Bio Fuel

Since bio fuel is manufactured by renewable energy resources like animal matter, and sometimes used vegetable oil, it is a cleaner alternative to the energy produced by fossil fuels. It also gets a thumbs up from recycling plants all over the country for this very reason.

Other than giving the atmosphere a well deserved break bio fuel products are also efficient enough to power all types of vehicles. Products like hydrogen, ethanol and biodiesel can guarantee a stench free ride as well. Other than that bio fuel products are also cost effective which gives you a leg up on rising gasoline prices.

Bio fuel production is also quicker than energy produced by fossil fuels since it can be manufactured in a single crop season. For instance algae bio fuel, also known as third generation bio fuel is highly renewable. This is because algae can be decomposed quickly and easily and can be mass produced as well.

Disadvantages Of Bio Fuel

Bio fuel production requires more energy than it can generate

Sometimes life has a nasty habit of giving us a dose of realty. The same is the case with the production and consumption bio fuel products. Farming communities and the like can only produce so much. Growing enough crops in order to meet a (sometimes ridiculously) demanding consumer market would require potential manufacturers to transform just about every forest and open space into agricultural land. This means that bio fuel production requires more energy than it can generate! For example, it has been estimated that ethanol produces about 1.5 units of energy for every single unit of energy used to produce it.

Since bio fuels like bio diesel are renewable energy sources, it means that they have a short shelf life. Biodiesel also has a tendency to thicken up in cold temperatures which can clog up your car engine. Being a biodegradable fuel also makes it a microbial magnet. This can lead to operational hiccups since it causes your fuel system to erode.

While it may be difficult, and sometimes impossible, to wean an insatiable consumer market off combustible fuel sources, it is not impossible. Bio fuel production has shown that consumers are ready and willing to embrace the new century with an eco grin.

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Advantages and disadvantages of renewable bio fuel production