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Renewable Fuels part 2 Green Gasoline
The Renewable Fuels or “Green Gasoline” comes from the Clean Air Act in an effort to reduce Green House Gases (GHG) from our air. These Green House Gases are mostly carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide from the engine combustion process, burning of fuels, and breathing. When more carbon dioxide is generated than the plant life on planet earth can utilize, the excess traps heat like a green house and raises the average temperature, commonly known as global warming. Fuels made from crude oil and coal are thought to increase these green house gases and so a search has been on to discover alternate ways to manufacture gasoline.
Initially alcohols such as ethanol and methanol made from fermenting corn, sugar beets, and other foods were used. This created problems that required engine manufactures to modify gasoline engines to cope with alcohol blends. Corrosion, excess water, and lower mileage were common issues. Gasoline provides 50 percent more energy per gallon than alcohol which is why cars burning alcohol blends get lower mileage.
Current technology that uses wood chips from the milling process, woody plants like reeds, corn stalks, even algae are used to produce gasoline that is very similar to the gasoline produced from crude oil. By using plants to produce gasoline, the source is renewable, and the theory is that most of the carbon dioxide generated will be used and absorbed by the next generation of plants.
These fuels have their own set of issues, care must be taken during processing so that undesirable by-products are not produced that could be harmful to the engine. Storage life is shorter, so antioxidants must be used to preserve the fuel. The energy per gallon is almost the same as gasoline from crude oil and the issues of varnish, coking on injectors, and other fuel related problems are the same.
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