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First Advisor

Svetlana Nikitina

Date

2007

Abstract

Bio-fuels are in a class of their own. Our research has shown that bio-fuels are not in competition with alternative fuel sources such as, fusion, tidal and hydrogen power, but they can pave the way for them. Bio-fuels could potentially buy us and our environment upwards of one hundred years. They are also the only fuel source which can be implemented today and dramatically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. It is apparent that we may run out of fossil fuels within the next 50 years, and could face a major ecological disaster before then due to climate change. Bio-fuels can step in and alleviate the burden of CO2 output and give us sufficient time to develop such future technologies, as fusion. They are renewable, cost effective and clean source of energy which can ease our dependence on foreign oil. Bio-fuels, in the form of ethanol, can be generated not just from corn, but can utilize any fibrous plant material, such as rapeseed and switchgrass and other cellulostic plants. These new sources of ethanol will cut down on potential competition with food crops. Bio-diesel vehicles require minimal conversions and can replace up to 30% foreign oil imports.

Keywords

Power the World

Language

English

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Course

Power the World

Program

Great Problems Seminar

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Bio-fuels, How Do You Get Turned On? The Fuel of Tomorrow, Today.


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