Biofuels 20 years from now

Biofuels 20 years from now

Modern second generation Biofuels are now leading the way for a truly eco-conscious fuel alternative. First generation Biofuels were developed originally to replace non-renewable fuel resources but the alternative was made by fermenting valuable food crops and using the sugars contained to produce ethanol. This was originally embraced as a revolutionary fuel but has since received scrutiny from environmentalists thanks to the impact on the food market and the farming industry.
Second generation Biofuel now works by unlocking the sugars from complex carbohydrates within waste products such as wood chips, waste fruit pulp and grass that are otherwise inedible and unusable. Given enough investment, second generation Biofuels are set to become the next big thing when it comes to car fuel and already this fuel type is being tested in a few select petrol stations. With this in mind, it’s easy to see Biofuels 20 years from now supplying every major (and most minor) petrol station nationally as the leading fuel brand of the contrary. Second generation Biofuels provide a renewable alternative to fossil fuels, offer a much cleaner burning process and they only use waste crops and products providing a valuable recycling service.

It has already been suggested that Biofuels could be used as commercial fuel for airplanes at some point in the next decade alone. The only factor delaying this massive change over is the costs involved but with enough investment and with government backing this changeover will soon become a reality.
Even famous airlines such as Virgin Atlantic and Japan Airlines are already preparing for the future of fuels and have some select engines part powered by second generation Biofuels from sources such as Jatropha.

While second generation Biofuels can be made using a variety of different waste products Jatropha is looking increasingly like it will be the main product of choice for these fuels. Jatropha is a poisonous plant which obviously means it’s otherwise useless as a food source and therefore the perfect candidate for mass production for Biofuels. The plant can grow in poor conditions including limited land space and water supply. Biofuels in general have been held under question because the impact of reallocating land for food crops to fuel crops is not really known. There has been a lot of speculation about the markets and economy of areas that participate in Biofuel crops but overall Biofuels are making a tremendous positive impact not just for the environment but also economically and also aiding in securing our future with fuels.

Moreover it’s important to look at the impact of not using Biofuels in 20 years time. If we continue to use fossil fuels 20 years from now there will be a massive negative impact on our climate and environment. The UK has already drawn up plans to end the use of fossil fuels and replace them with second generation Biofuels within the next 20 years. The plan involves a large production of energy efficiency in the first ten years followed by fuel alternative replacements and other renewable energy sources including zero-carbon electricity in the next ten years. The overall aim is to cut carbon emissions by 80% by the year 2050.

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