It all began in 1970 when ‘bioalcohols’ were introduced as the next big thing in the energy industry, with biodiesels taking up similar space 20 years later. Many people thought that bioalcohols had reached its peak when 20 billion liters of the bioenergy resource was measured as its growth in the year 2000. Surprisingly, it has shattered all expectations with the 200 billion liters that has been drawn up before 2020, while biodiesel has also grown from just 1 billion liters before the year 2000 to 30 billion liters in 2020, a respectable 2% of the overall generated diesel in the world.
The reason behind its revival and expansive growth has been undoubtedly down to the birth of flexible fuel engines, as Brazil have pointed out. By extracting this valuable substance from sugarcane, they have been able to power the mechanical souls of flexi-fuel cars that have become all the rage in rage, and drastically reduce their importation of gasoline, while Brazil joined the league of countries exporting bioalcohols at a rate that is 20% cheaper than fossil fuels.
The United States have also embarked on a similar journey using corn, with states like Minnesota legally enforcing the addition of ethanol to fuels. Unfortunately, while Europe had a lovely head-start in Sweden with the ‘E85’ fuel, the unbeneficial costs have retarded the growth of a very promising prospect. Instead, Biodiesel has taken as taken for diesel vehicles with excess resources like soybeans and rapeseed encouraging biodiesel production and use.
The area of biodiesels was previously more researched by India, as more than 10 million liters of the product was yielded on just 8,000 hectares of a Jatropha Carcas-filled wasteland in 2006. This result was then expanded to yield four times that yield after intervention from The Energy and Energy Resources Institute (TERI) to provide cheaper fuel for agricultural machinery. Ironically, the result would not mean much since the limited land that would have been used to produce the product had to be saved for arable farming.
Also, transportation, which is responsible for the consumption of the world’s energy supply and 60% of the consumption of oil, is another reason why the emergence of biofuels should be accelerated. China alone has grown the population of cars in use from just about 10 million cars to over 70 million cars in 2020. Of course, China has set a good example by producing the most energy efficient cars, with record energy efficiencies rising well above a hundred.
It certainly wasn’t easy, but the Chinese successfully extrapolated the Brazilian genius exhibited to use diverse fuel sources in flexible amounts to cater for varying fuel settings through specially made core control systems in the flexi-fuel engines, as well as the European tact exposed in the storage of power in chemical cells to birth the ‘electric-flex-hybrid’ cars (EFHs), utilizing nanobatteries. This has enabled them to have expectations of reaching dreamlike energy-efficient figures like 120 miles per gallon for engines by the year 2022.
These EFHs will not only include fuel cells in their make-up, while cutting down fuel emissions, they will be able to get charged in any location throughthe Internet by 2024 if this becomes a reality, the Ford Model T’s inspired revolution will certainly have been outdone.