Green Fuels That Have Been Overlooked Through the Years
Petrol is running out, diesel hasn’t got too long left and fossil fuels, in general, are on death’s door. Whether we like it or not, we have to look at alternative and green fuels for the future – otherwise, we’ll all burn to a crisp and the South-American dingo bat will definitely die. So what do we do? What technologies and fuels have been overlooked over the years? Are we still being naïve about certain fuel sources or should we just continue on the same path?
In theory, hydrogen is the perfect fuel source. It is, after all, the most abundant element in the universe, and as a result, it makes perfect sense for us to utilize it as a green and renewable energy source for our cars. But can it be done? Well, yes and no. At this present moment, we’re struggling with the technology. It’s not that we can’t make hydrogen-powered cars – think Honda Clarity – but we just can’t seem to get the price down and find a reliable and marketable form of storing the stuff.
Unlike petrol, you can just put 1000-litres of hydrogen in a tank under the ground. So clever folk with higher IQs than you and I are trying their best to find alternative ways of storing the element and to bring the price down.
If they do it, we can all relax; as hydrogen is a 100% green form of fuel. All that comes out of the rear of a Honda Clarity is baby foxes, so we’re not only driving; we’re driving and saving the world. But, at the moment, only California has the ability to sell the Clarity thanks to one of their hydrogen re-fueling stations.
Electric, love it or hate it, it’s here to stay. Powering our cars via the medium of electric isn’t a 21st century innovation, as our forefathers were using it – albeit quite poorly – during the early 1900s. So why, in 2011, are we still talking about electric? Fact is, electric isn’t 100% green. You plug your electric car into the socket at night and it charges it up, but where exactly is that power coming from? A fossil-fuel burning power station, of course! Not exactly environmentally friendly, is it?
Despite this, there is, quite clearly, a market for electric power. And with the public’s obsession with green motoring, electric cars are selling at an alarming rate. But while electrics are economical – thanks to them running off electric power – they are not perfect. It’s 2011, and we still can’t produce a mass-market electric car that’s affordable and practical. Sure, there are plenty of them, but none of the electrics have a proper range like a proper fossil-fuel car. Before electrics can dominate, they need to step their range game up, as 100-miles to a tank is just not going to cut it.
Sounds odd, but vegetable oil is a half decent way of powering your motor. People have been utilizing veggie oil for years in their diesel cars, and even though you do end up with a car that smells of a chip-shop, it’s a great way of saving some pennies and driving past the pumps.
For some strange reason, however, the motoring industry just hasn’t embraced vegetable oil like it should. Perhaps they fear we’d all feel hungry 24/7.
Biofuel is one of those fuels of the moment. It has been seriously overlooked in recent years, but it’s finally getting some recognition as a viable fuel source. Made from basically anything like rapeseed, sunflower, palm oil and algae, Biofuel is a seriously renewable fuel source, but despite this, the public is yet to be convinced.
The UK already has a few biofuel stations littered across our great country, so the infrastructure is almost there, it just needs that big government push to really get us behind the idea and force us into fuelling our cars with algae.
As you’ve read, there are plenty of fuels that are viable right now and in the future, but which one will take the crown as our next-generation fuel? That is the big question!
Fuels … as the green future unfolds.