Originally posted by c guy1
This may or may not have been discussed, and if it has please give me a link so I can see what you guys think, but I was wondering what you guys thought about the viability of Ethanol as a major fuel source for automotives and othe eingines.
Personally, based upon what I have heard and read, it seems too hard on engines. Furthermore it appears to me that ...[text shortened]... have is this:
Will it work? Or when everything is stripped away, is this just all politics?
Hi, see you found the place🙂
Of course it CAN work but not in its present form, growing corn has already almost doubled the price of food crops so they have to come up with ways of using non-food stocks for the production of alcohol, which is being done BTW. I will try to scrounge up a link.
Here is one link about non-food ethanol:
I see the math here, 50,000 acres making 100,000,000 gallons per year which is 2000 gallons per acre per year. The algae process is some 7 times less land intensive, making 15,000 gallons of biodiesel per year so it could make that 100 million gallons in one year on 7000 acres.
Here is a link talking about Algae biodiesel, the math there says it is only twice as efficient as the ethanol figure, but still 4000 gallons of biodiesel per year per acre so that one could do that 100,000,000 gallons on 25000 acres, half the ethanol project.
Here is a new technology, a hybrid desiel-electric made by Dodge that already gets about 70 MPG in mixed driving conditions:
Here is a list of companies pursuing the algae field:
Here is a PDF file comparing the outputs of various forms of energy in terms of # of miles driveable per acre, solar wins hands down: