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This paper discusses whether or not the new process of producing biofuels, developed at North Carolina State University solves some of the problems with biofuels and fossil fuels. First, the paper describes the need for biofuels. Then, it cites the new method, which processes "woody" plants and other biomaterials into alternative fuels. Next, the paper describes the benefits and opportunities of this new method. This is balanced with a discussion of some of the drawbacks of biofuel, which include deforestation. The paper concludes by stating that biofuels may not be the best alternative to fossil fuels, but they are the best option right now.
From the Paper:"The increase in available biofuels opens up many opportunities. Biofuels are a renewable energy source, unlike fossil fuels. They are also considered more environmentally friendly than fossil fuels. The process of growing the plants used to make biofuels is removing carbon from the air as the plants grow. This creates a more neutral effect than utilizing fossil fuels, as both fuels will release carbon into the atmosphere when burning; however, only biofuel removes carbon during the process of creating it. However, it is important to note, cutting down forests to utilize the land for growing crops to make fossil fuels diminishes the carbon neutralizing effect. If utilizing the "woody" part of edible plants for biofuel production can be perfected, then the crops currently being grown for food would be dual purpose, utilizing the parts of the plant that currently go to waste in biofuel production. By perfecting the use of plant matter and the creation of biofuels, the monetary strains that problems with oil create will be diminished. We will no longer have to rely on a non-renewable energy source. Although drought can effect plant production and cost, it would have no more..."
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Cite this Term Paper:
Biofuels - A New Process (2012, March 28) Retrieved May 21, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/biofuels-a-new-process-150642/
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