Biofuels : The Alternative For Fossil Fuels Essay

735 Words Oct 14th, 2016 3 Pages
For over 40 years now, scientist and researchers have been tirelessly searching for an alternative for fossil fuels. Biofuels has become an interesting contender in the search for the replacement of the non renewable energy source. Biofuels has been used throughout history for over thousands of years. There is a large debate over biofuels and its true impact on the environment. Those involved in the discussion debate whether biofuels has any real overwhelming benefits compared to fossil fuels that could argue for its usage. According to recent research performed by the University of Michigan, biofuels may not be the best alternative for fossil fuels. Regardless of its impact on the environment, biofuels are becoming more popular particularly when the price of oil rises. Biofuels are fuels made from biomass which is the organic physical material of an organism that is or was alive. Biomass can be separated into two categories, both liquids and solids. Liquid biomass fuels include biodiesel and ethanol. Solids include charcoal, garbage, wood, and manure. The majority of organic matter contains carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen, the same elements that make up fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal. Biomass can be burned as is or converted into a different fuel that burns more efficiently. The use of biomass for fuel is not a new idea, as humans long ago used whatever could help them survive. Solid biofuels like wood, manure, and charcoal have been used ever since man discovered…

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