Fuel Assessment Research Paper

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Fuel assessment

I am investigating the implications of the use of carbon compounds as fuels on humans and/or the environment. I am going to investigate three fossil fuels which are Petrol, Diesel and Ethanol. Petrol is a light fuel oil that is obtained by distilling petroleum and is used in internal combustion engines. Petrol is a fossil fuel which can be known as a natural gas, petrol can also be referred to as propane. Propane is liquefied petroleum gas, its a product of both crude oil and natural gas. Because propane is derived from these two fossil fuels, its effect on the environment can be difficult to separate out. What is known is that is a reasonably clean-burning fuel compared to diesel and gasoline.
When petrol is burnt it produces
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Diesel is a incomplete combustion fuel, which is made from decomposed plants and animals that have been in the ground for millions of years. This is what makes diesel a fossil fuel. Using diesel has disadvantages and advantages.

Disadvantages
The price of using diesel in a vehicle has increased and continues to get more expensive
Diesel using engines need regular maintenance to keep them running. You have to change the air, oil, and fuel filters. If you neglect the maintenance and the fuel injection system fails, you have to pay a mechanic more money to get it fixed

Advantages
Diesel is one of the most efficient fuels available today. Because it contains more energy than gasoline, it also delivers better fuel economy.

The last fuel that I investigated was Ethanol, which was fuel that i thought was most suitable for the car manufacturing plant. Ethanol is a fuel that has been made from plants and crops which are known as biofuels. Of these, the most commonly extracted and used one is Ethanol and Biodiesel. Ethanol, along with other alcohols are all flammable. Biofuels are produced from wheat, corn and sugarcane which can be produced on demand, so they are sustainable. There are good advantages to using ethanol, however are important
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http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-biofuels.php

Disadvantages they are quite expensive to produce in the current market. As of now, the interest and capital investment being put into biofuel production is fairly low but it can match demand. If the demand increases, then increasing the supply will be a long term operation, which will be quite expensive. Such a disadvantage is still preventing the use of biofuels from becoming more popular.
Monoculture refers to practice of producing same crops year after year, rather than producing various crops through a farmer’s fields over time. While, this might be economically attractive for farmers but growing same crop every year may deprive the soil of nutrients that are put back into the soil through crop rotation.
Biofuels are produced from crops and these crops need fertilizers to grow better. The downside of using fertilizers is that they can have harmful effects on surrounding environment and may cause water pollution. Fertilizers contain nitrogen and phosphorus. They can be washed away from soil to nearby lake, river or

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