Alternative Fuels

  • Net Energy vs Net Zero Energy

    Net energy is the difference between the energy used to produce an energy resource and the quantity of energy derived from that product. Producing only the needed quantity of energy by a home or commercial building is net zero energy.
    By Baby Rani May 29, 2011 

  • Testing Moisture Content of Methanol & Effect of Humidity

    Humidity, it is all around us, it makes us sweat profusely, it can increase the corrosion of metals, and it can be a hindrance to electrical circuits. In biofuel production, water can make it's way into methanol, the key component in biofuel production...
    By Tony Smejek May 29, 2011 

  • Converting Reciprocating Engines for Natural Gas

    Everyone wants cheaper fuel. Gasoline's high price made many people start thinking about converting their cars to natural gas vehicles. Is it a cost-effective solution? And what is the case in the US?
    By Aggeliki K. May 29, 2011 

  • Will Biofuels Bloom in US Western Deserts?

    Scientists are now coming up with a more sustainable way to produce biomass for the desert, sweet biofuels. In order to do this, this product would need to grow in an environment throughout the year and also be able to handle the extreme conditions of...
    By Tony Smejek May 29, 2011 

  • Understanding Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology and Issues it Faces

    The hydrogen fuel cell is one of the many proposed alternatives as we reach peak oil, but its difficulties in development are extensive. Here is a short primer on the technology and its problems it must overcome.
    By Shane Burley May 24, 2011 

  • Is Hydrogen a Viable Fuel Option for Cars Right Now? Can Future Technology Help?

    Hydrogen has often been touted as the alternative energy with the most promise, but are its limitations too great?
    By Shane Burley May 19, 2011 

  • Aluminum Air Battery Technology - Concepts and Research

    An aluminum-air battery that produces 1 volt and 100 milliamps of electricity can be made from simple household materials: aluminum foil, salt water, and activated charcoal. This can be a great source of power in emergency situations or in places...
    By KennethSleight May 13, 2011 

  • Cow Power - Bovine Urine Blended Alternative Fuels for Vehicles

    Buffalo and cow urine are a driving force for motor vehicles when blended with gasoline and diesel fuel. It is also the cheapest prime source of motor fuel additive, usable by up to 75% by volume when mixed with gasoline or diesel.
    By Swagatam May 4, 2011 

  • Li-Air Batteries to Extend Electric Vehicle Range

    The new Li-Air battery technology promises high-energy densities that can only be compared to petrol or diesel. How does this technology work? What are the problems, and are lithium air batteries the future of the electrically powered vehicle?
    By Aggeliki K. April 29, 2011 

  • Distillation of Kerosene Using an Alembic

    Distillation processes have gone back to ancient times, and is a simple method that was brought into this country for many uses these days to refine and purify raw liquid materials into a more useful form of petroleum product.
    By Tony Smejek April 29, 2011 
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