Biofuels for Transportation

This chapter describes how biofuels offer a responsible solution to potential crises in the near future. Fossil fuels have been the dominate energy source since the Industrial Revolution because they are inexpensive, energy dense, and easy to use. Biofuels are renewable and provide a means to become independent from fossil fuels. Oil exploration is becoming more costly as more remote locations must be explored. The purpose of this chapter is to educate practicing engineers and students about biofuels for transportation. Biofuels are made from renewable materials such as plants and organic waste. Conventional transportation fuels such as gasoline or diesel are made from petroleum. Although biofuels are alternative fuels, not all alternative fuels are biofuels. For example, natural gas and propane are alternative fuels, but not biofuels.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 213-256
  • Monograph Title: Environmentally Conscious Transportation

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  • Accession Number: 01109842
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780471793694
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2008 11:59AM