Investment Vision 2011 Series: Biofuels

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The European Union has set targets for biofuels to account for 5.75% of all fuel used in Europe by 2010

Biofuel is used to describe the liquid, solid or gaseous fuels produced from organic matter, for the use of transportation or other various burning purposes including energy production. The term Biofuels covers solid biomass, liquid fuels and various biogases (Wikipedia, 2011).

Biofuel is a type of alternative fuel derived from "biomass" that falls in the biogas category. In order to be considered a biofuel the fuel must contain over 80% renewable material ( Biofuels are typically made by harvesting feedstock or the raw materials (e.g. soybeans, sugarcane), crushing the feedstock, separating the dray matter from the oil, then re-crushing and/or further processing to extract as much oil as possible (

In this report

  • Introducing Biofuels
  • Producing Biofuels
  • The uses of Biofuels
  • The importance of Biofuels
  • Biofuels and agricultural land in the Food vs Fuel debate
  • Biofuels in developing/rural communities
  • Pros and cons for the use of fossil and biofuels
  • Global production of biofuels

Key data

  • Biofuel must contain over 80% renewable material
  • Biofuels ensure the Carbon cycle to be 100%
  • Brazil is the pioneer of the biofuels industry
  • Biodiesel is exempt from the oil tax
  • More than 200 nations will become biodiesel producers
  • Biofuels moderately control pollution
  • Moringa oleifera as a source of food and fuel

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