Links & Resources | BioFuel
Biofuel (if cultivated, then also called agrofuel or agrifuel) can be broadly defined as solid, liquid, or gas fuel consisting of, or derived from recently dead biological material, most commonly plants. This distinguishes it from fossil fuel, which is derived from long dead biological material.
Biofuel can be theoretically produced from any (biological) carbon source. The most common by far is photosynthetic plants that capture solar energy. Many different plants and plant-derived materials are used for biofuel manufacture.
The UT Intermodal Transportation Institute can provide background on what biofuels are, where they come from. Part of their mission is work cooperatively with public and private sector partners in transportation, logistics, and supply chain management to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life. That includes pursuing alternatives to oil.
University of Toledo Biofuel research:
This BusinessWeek article from last year takes an in-depth look at biofuels and the way they are changing agriculture:
Later, corn prices reached record highs – close to $8.00 a bushel, leading ethanol producers to begin easing back on production. Story, published June 17, 2008:
This TIME article looks at the fuel v. food controversy and non-food sources of biofuels:
www.ethanol.org is the American Coalition for Ethanol
www.biodiesel.org is the same kind of organization for biodiesel