Biofuel can be a solid, liquid, or gas fuel derived from recently dead biological material, most commonly plants. This distinguishes it from fossil fuel, which is derived from long dead biological material.

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Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Thursday, 11 December 2008 16:58

Bio fuels are derived from recently dead biological materials, which is said to contain more than eighty per cent of renewable sources of energy. Though the most common method of producing these fuels is through sources derived from photosynthetic plants, they may also be produced from other biological sources (carbon source). They are also referred to as solar energy source due to their production by photosynthetic process. Europe, Asia and America is seeing a constant thrive in the bio fuel industry.

The general purpose of using these fuels is for cooking, and heating stoves as they are renewable sources of energy and do not pollute the environment. Bio fuels are not only produced from recently dead biological matter, but also from certain crops, known as "Agrofuels". Common crops from which these fuels are derived include, sugar cane, sugar beet (which are high in sugar) and corn, or maize (which are high in starch). But, Argofuels have stirred up the "food vs. fuel" debate as they may lead to more deforestation and soil erosion, impact on energy balance and efficiency and on water resources, because the crops produce harmful greenhouse gases (more than Carbon dioxide) that makes the fuel an important factor to be considered.

Bio fuel is advantageous to the society, especially to the people of rural areas, who are unable to afford other fuels that go through constant hike in their prices. Bio fuels are renewable sources of energy, mostly derived from the sun's energy (solar energy) which can be used for cooking purposes at homes and for heating stoves and boiling water. It also helps in creating self-reliance on energy production, as they come from natural sources. These fuels are environment friendly, and do not pollute as much as fossil fuels do, thus helping in creating a safety environment.


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