Biofuels Pros and Cons

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Biofuels have become talk of the town these days. These are obtained from biomass and utilize many renewable energy sources. These fuels also use plant matter as the raw material. Solid biomass is known to be the most common types of bio-fuels. The consistent rise in the price of fossil fuel has affected the world economy. The introduction of biofuels has come as a rescue to this problem. In fact, these have acted as a complete replacement for most of our energy requirements. However, prior to completely trusting this renewable energy source, it is important to know about the pros and cons of using biofuels. Stated below are some of the significant biofuels pros and cons.

 

Biofuels Pros and Cons:

 

The most obvious pros of using biofuel is the independence it allows from oil that can be bought from outside the United States. The best part is that the emissions coming from direct usage in automobiles is far lesser as compared to those from conventional fuels such as gasoline.

 

Other benefits:

 

  • Biofuels are extracted from the plant oils or animals. This facilitates recycling. This in turn, turns the trash into something resourceful.
  • Biofuels are cost-effective. In fact, these are considered to be the only fuel available at affordable price.
  • The best thing about biofuel is that they are safer and can be easily transported from one place to another sans posing any potential risk on the health of consumers.
  • When using biofuel, there is no peculiar gasoline stench. It is also sulfur-free. Additionally, it aids in eliminating acid rain.
  • Bio fuel can be used by all vehicle engine types.

 

Cons of using biofuels:

  • The traditional petroleum products produce more energy than biofuel. This may result in power loss in engines.
  • It is true that biofuel can function with most engines but there are just a few specifically designed for this type of fuel.

 

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    Luis Aponte- 2011/02/03 04:39:05 am

    Thank you for bringing up these good points, Chris. I would have also like to have pointed out the difference between biofules that are food-based, verses those that are not. For example, the benefits of using algae as a biofuel include the possibility of growing and manufacturing it in waste water, barren deserts, or as a means of sequestering CO2 from coal factories. The downsides of biofuels from sugar, corn, and soy is that it competes with fertile farmland for staple foods, thus driving up the costs of any food that depends on these crops, such as cereal, soft drinks, or anything that has sugar or corn syrup (which is just about most foods). This includes raising the price of feed for cattle. This in turn may potentially raise the price of meat as well.

This article was published on 2010/10/23