Environmental Sciences

Alternative Fuel

Edited by Maximino Manzanera, ISBN 978-953-307-372-9, 358 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published August 09, 2011 under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/851
Edited Volume

Renewable energy sources such as biodiesel, bioethanol, biomethane, biomass from wastes or hydrogen are subject of great interest in the current energy scene. These fuels contribute to the reduction of prices and dependence on fossil fuels. In addition, energy sources such as these could partially replace the use of what is considered as the major factor responsible for global warming and the main source of local environmental pollution. For these reasons they are known as alternative fuels. There is an urgent need to find and optimise the use of alternative fuels to provide a net energy gain, to be economically competitive and to be producible in large quantities without compromising food resources.