Alternative Energy: Ethanol Vs Renewable Energy

Energy is an essential resource in everyday life. Our world revolves around energy and without it we wouldn’t be able to live. Our main source of energy is indeed fossil fuels but slowly they are becoming more and more limited. With fossil fuels once they are gone and used, they are gone forever. We burn these fossil fuels to receive fuel for planes, cars and powers electricity plants supporting large industries. Fossil fuel comes from decayed plants and animals. Although there are many alternatives to using energy from decayed plants that are much more sustainable. For example ethanol. Ethanol is an good alternative to regular gasoline and is renewable. Using ethanol instead of fossil fuels will not only improve the state of our environment …show more content…
According to Alison Riddell of Stanford University, production of oil, coal and natural gas is expected to rise by double. Additionally according to Alison Riddell, in 1997 the world produced 130 quadrillion btu of energy from oil whereas now every year we use 11 billion tons of oil in fossil fuels (ecotricity.co.uk). The problem with fossil fuel gasoline and production is that it is not renewable and our supply is very limited. Therefore we are running out of enough to supply the globe. This will then increase demand and prices will raise creating a huge economic crisis. Burning fossil fuels is not sustainable but we depend on it the most to supply industries, cars and many more. In 2011 our use of fossil fuels accounted for 82% of our world’s primary energy use (globalization101.org). The remaining percent was accounted for things like solar energy and wind energy, etc. Though there are multiple alternative fuels we could be using, specifically …show more content…
It is derived from the glucose in plant material. Most of ethanol is derived from the starch inside corn kernels. It is typically found in the fuel type E10 (10% ethanol, 90% gasoline) (afdc.energy.gov). E85 is typically the highest ethanol fuel mixture globally with 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline, although this fuel is very hard to find (wikipedia.org). Ethanol is an alternative fuel which can solve the most harmful issue with fossil fuels, it’s renewability. Ethanol is a renewable fuel with a complete cycle making it reusable. Since the production of ethanol is plant material the glucose inside the plant is synthesised from CO2 and water by photosynthesis, yeast fermentation generates ethanol from glucose (ehow.com). Ethanol is then used as an energy source and combusted which then produced CO2 and water completing the cycle with plants converting the CO2 and water back to glucose (ehow.com). With this cycle making ethanol renewable makes it a good alternative fuel to fossil fuels which are not

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