Renewable Fuels

What they are, and how they affect our lives.

What Renewable Fuels Are:

Also called Biofuels, renewable fuels are Transportation fuels derived from renewable resources, such as grain, plant biomass and treated municipal and industrial waste.

Who Created Renewable Fuels?

There was no specific person that made Biofuels, but the first bio fuels have been used since man discovered fire. Nikolaus August Otto, was one of the first inventors to convince people in Germany to use ethanol, which then expanded into the rest of the world. Rudolf Diesel was the inventor of the diesel engine, therefore sparking the idea of using biofuels in vehicles.

How Renewable Fuels Work

Biofuels are usually made from plants that were just harvested. One main type of biofuel is

Ethanol. Ethanol is made when harvested plants( such as corn or sugar cane ) go through the process of fermentation, and the byproduct made from that process is ethanol.


Why Renewable Fuels Matter

Renewable fuel gives U.S. citizens a choice to use a lower-cost alternative than using regular gasoline, and reduces the cost of foreign oil imports, therefore allowing businesses in the oil industry to save more money. Using renewable fuels can also reduce the amount of pollution that motor vehicles emit, and saves the average American $1,200 on their gas bill. Renewable fuel is also a strong and reliable source for growth in the economy, providing more jobs and a cleaner environment.