Saturday, May 28, 2011

BioFuel Not Electric Cars (Flogging A Dead Battery Horse)

Below is a post I made on BNET about an article entitled 
"For the Record: Chrysler is Clueless About Green Cars"

Chrysler is not actively pursing Electric Cars because electrically powered autos are not the answer. I think many in the automotive industry realize this. The infrastructure is not there and never will be. Biofuel is the answer. This is working in Brazil and other forward thinking countries to ween themselves from the petrol nipple. In the Northwest extensive research is being done by SAFNW (Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest) to turn our region into the Saudi Arabia of BioFuel. This is because of the fluctuating prices of petroleum causing a destabilization in bottom lines for the airline industry. SAFNW is a joint research program by Alaska Airlines, Boeing, Port Of Portland, Port Of Seattle, Washington State University which has found that BioFuel can be cost effectively produced from various sources (timber waste, solid waste, algae- not corn) for aviation and other uses. This would of course include automobiles. Any car can be converted to Bio for around a $300 investment. Most manufacturers currently make flex-fuel cars and trucks. BioFuels (including Ethanol) burn an average of 80% cleaner than gasoline and diesel. Burning coal to make electricity to run cars that have limited range and have to e "plugged in" is ridiculous. Investing billions in battery technology, is not necessary. The infrastructure to convert to Biofuels is already there. No investment needed. If someone did want to spend the extra money to buy a hybrid and then use the excess BioFuel generated electricity to power their home for a few hours or put back into the grid, good for them. I like my Dodge Charger and want it to run hard and fast. I plan on converting it to Ethanol in the near future. You should read the works of David Blume and others on the subject. Not only do Biofuels burn clean, they (if produced from the right materials) reduce solid waste and other bio wastes that would end up in landfills, etc. BioFuel can create thousands of instant jobs. The technology is proven. It is happening now.

1 comment:

Patrick said...

I don't think is has to be one or the other (biofuels or batteries). There is an extensive electricity infrastructure (the largest thing mankind has ever produced). A plug-in hybrid that used biofuels would be a great example. The batteries would handle the small jobs and the biofuel covers the rest. This combination allows biofuels to be used without as much land investment and it allows electricity to be used without worries of recharge times or large expensive battery packs.