Biofuels: Understanding Conventional Production Methods

Published on 08.25.2016

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High School

Biofuels are fuels produced industrially from plant . They are today blended with fossil fuels at varying concentrations. While questions still remain about their and the degree to which they compete with food crops, they are one of the most promising solutions for reducing CO2 emissions from the transportation sector, including aviation. Biofuels are currently the subject of intense research efforts around the world, as scientists attempt to make feedstocks from the ligneous part of plants and microalgae selected using cutting-edge biotechnology techniques.


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