Biofuel Made from Grass Clippings Could Power Your Car
By September 23rd, 2009Wednesday, September 23, 2009 7:15 on
Scientists at the National Science Foundation claim that have founded a way to produce biofuel from grass and other organic waste. It means that our vehicles could be powered by grass. “So we have a billions tons of year of this stuff and it just, it sits around and it rots and it goes up into the atmosphere…why not use that and make energy out of it before it rots,” says John Regalbuto of the National Science Foundation.
In Brazil, nine out of ten cars run on sugarcane ethanol and in the US corn-based ethanol is more of a supplement. But technological leaps are making it possible to break down farm leftovers like corn stalks, grass, weeds and wood to be used as fuel.”We can utilize the existing infrastructure of oil pipelines, of storage tanks, of refineries and of the engines. We won’t have to make any modifications to engines or anything,” says Regalbuto.
Oil giants like Shell are dipping their toe into the biofuel pool and so is Exxon which hopes to one day make gasoline from algae. These researchers believe that that they can use the existing infrastructure of oil pipelines, refineries, storage tanks and engines for this new fuel, which is renewable and reduces greenhouse gas emissions too.
“We’re pretty excited about it actually. We see this as a, as a potential new source of fuel that has lots of benefits — it’s renewable fuel, it can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide us all with a new source of energy, says Alan Jeffers, a spokesman for ExxonMobile.
[Original Source: FirstCoastNews]
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