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 causing all kinds of problems for end users.
Alternative Fuels: Producing and Using Biodiesel, Ethanol, and Fuel Cells
With the ever growing concern of the harmful effects of fossil fuels on the planet as well as the fact that they are non-renewable, more and more resources are being put toward creating and using alternative fuels such as biodiesel, ethanol, methanol, and hydrogen-powered fuel cells. These renewable fuels created from biomass sources are more environmentally friendly than their fossil fuel counterparts, and can be produced at comparable costs than conventional drilling for and refining oil and coal.
Use of alcohol as a motor fuel is for two reasons: 1. The process consumes some of the excess cereal grains; and 2. preservation of fossil fuels. A bushel (1 US bushel = 35.239072 liters) of cereal grains can be transformed to around 2.6 gallons of alcohol that can be used in gasoline-fueled engines
Biofuel is being looked into to as a possible alternate source of regular petroleum. In the production of this product, however, there are concerns about safety issues. ‘Biodiesel process safety management’ is the formal term for implementing safety procedures.