• 24Sep

    Energy farms are becoming more prevalent around the world. Basically, they are created with the intent to help economies become less dependent on fossil fuels and more welcoming of bio fuels. And to advance the development of bio fuels, the industry needs food stocks to produce the fuels. This is where the energy farms come into play. They grow crops that can be harvested for the production of agro-fuels.

    One such energy farm is Destiny, in Florida, which recently announced that it would become an eco-city spotlighting sustainable farming practices. Having already planted several hectares of sorghum, a type of grass, they plan to also plant algae and jatrophai in an attempt to manufacture bio fuels from non-food materials. Because the sorghum uses less water than corn and can thrive in less fertile soil, it may come to rival corn when making ethanol.

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  • 17Sep

    Previous to 2008, Brazil’s petroleum industry had a voluntary system where diesel was to include at least two percent bio fuel. This year, in 2008, it is now enforceable law and in 2013, the amount will increase to five percent. And since Brazil is known for its coffee beans, the defective or inferior beans have been seen as excellent raw materials for bio fuels. Not only does removing the beans from the international and local bean supply produce better coffee supply, but it also provides another useful purpose for the beans.

    In conjunction with Sindicafé (Sao Paulo Coffee Industry Union), the Federal University of Minas Gerais conducted tests to ensure the product’s viability. Not only is the reliability of the product important but also, the economics of using the beans for bio fuel versus selling the inferior beans to other coffee related industries. And even if proven that the bio fuel can work, there will be many steps to ensure the ideal comes to fruition. But in the meantime, individual companies within the coffee bean sector may choose to fuel their equipment with the diesel, as it will be much cheaper than gas stations. Further, the process is less expensive than using other food products because the supply of coffee bean oil already exists.

    Other oils that Brazil is testing are castor oil, palm oil and soybean oil with the intent of diversifying the raw materials used to produce clean burning bio fuels.

  • 03Sep
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    bio fuels ethanol

    Bio fuels are indeed types of alternative fuels. There is some discussion, however, as to what constitutes a bio fuel. Some feel that it only refers to food source gasoline such as ethanol made from wheat, corn or sugar cane. Others believe that bio specifically refers to biodegradable, and others yet, understand bio to mean any sustainable resource such as plants and organic waste.

    Further, many scientists refer to bio fuels as agro-fuels, since the underlying composition of a bio fuel is that it is sustainable and it came from living organisms. Another form of bio fuel is bio diesel that is made from fats found in plants, cooking oils, soybean oil, canola oil and some animals.

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