Driving with Bio-ethanol

Archive for April, 2009

Land clearance in Vietnam

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

It’s the sort of news that probably gets bio-ethanol a bad reputation.  VNBusinessnews.com reported on Monday that 24 hectares of land in Vietnam are to be cleared in order to build a bio-ethanol plant.

Now, obviously a bio-ethanol plant has to go someone, and this one will be making other by-products as well.  But clearing land to build one opens up the discussion about what else the land could have been used for (eg. food production).

Why not “regenerate” a disused factory site instead?

Bio-ethanol in motorsport

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Following last week’s video of the Volvo XC60, their name came up again today as I read on Street Import Online that they are to use bio-ethanol in their C30 model for the Swedish Touring Car Championship.

It’s good to see bio-ethanol used as an alternative fuel for racing cars, and I wonder how long it will take for other areas of motor racing to follow suit?

Bio-ethanol and the Church

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Is Bio-ethanol and the Church an unlikely combination?  Well, I did wonder if the headline meant that the popemobile was going to be converted to alternative fuels.

But no, there are parts of the World there the two come together for a different reason, that reason being that the Catholic Church in the Philippines are concerned about the building of a bio-ethanol plant.

Read more about their “Bioethanol forum” on the One Alternative Energy Blog.

Brazil produces the most bio-ethanol

Monday, April 27th, 2009

It seems that in the World of statistics, there is now a space for biofuels.  And the winner is… Brazil, who not produce the most bio-ethanol but also the most biodiesel.

According to articlesworld.com, they account for half the production of bio-ethanol on the planet!

With the USA in second place, how much of the market does the European production really have?

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