Use of Biomass Cars Provides Multitude of Benefits
It is quite fascinating that there are also biomass cars that can actually compete with other fossil fuelled cars on the street. Alternative fuels are already being utilized to provide energy for car engines. "To strengthen such development is a good thing because alternative fuel for cars can reduce the pollution and damage to the environment". With biomass cars, there will be less consumption of fossil fuels. There will also be decreased pollution emitted to the atmosphere. The non renewable materials will be conserved. At the same time, the worsening environmental conditions will slow down or hopefully, it can even go on halt.
Biomass powered cars are not only beneficial for the environment. It also makes life easier for humans. The biofuels are cheaper to produce. Hence, the selling price is also much lower. Using this alternative energy source will contribute to cutting the gas bills.
Biomass cars in history were first closely studied in 1970s. This was the decade when scientists and researchers first tried using ethanol to power a car’s engine. They were able to generate sufficient energy and no adverse effect was observed.
Today, various forms of transportation have tried using biofuel. One example is the train in Sweden that was fuelled by biomass energy. The biogas was derived from cow manure and sewage. The methane from these biomass materials were collected and processed so that it can be converted to biomass energy that is efficient enough to power the train. The amount of money spent to be able to power the train as reduced. To make things even better, the amount of carbon dioxide emitted also went down. The biomass fuel released only 1/20 of the carbon dioxide that is produced from burning fossil fuel.
In the United States, a whopping16 percent of the total oil that is produced in the entire world is being used only for transportation. This insurmountable burning of fossil fuels is the culprit for 8 percent of the carbon dioxide that is released to the atmosphere.
There is a new method that is being perfected today that can efficiently derive biofuel from crops such as soybeans and sugar cane. This new process is from a group of chemical engineers from Purdue University, led by Rakesh Agrawal. The problem before is that when crops are being converted to biofuel, there energy is being wasted because it gets released in the process. With the new developments, the conversion is made to be more efficient.
This new method creates more fuel. The same amount of biofuel that can only satisfy 30 percent of the United State’s transportation needs can now possibly cover for all the energy needs of the industry. That sums up to 1.239 billion tonnes. Furthermore, the biofuel needed can be grown and produced using only 10 percent of US land area.
Wood powered cars are also being highlighted these days when it comes to biomass cars. Gasifying wood has been used even during the World War II when people could barely afford fossil fuels. This has long been a successful method of powering engines. Wood biomass are converted and combusted so that it can produce alternative energy for wood gas vehicles.