How Plant-based biofuel can be more sustainable?
Biofuels are an alternative which work just as well as fossil fuels. However, according to a recent study, climate change and rapidly rising temperatures are going to negatively impact the production of biofuels. There are a number of changes which can be done to this process ensure that it remains practical.
Our ever-changing environment is affecting plant based biofuels that we are producing; changes which will continue until we take active precautions to counteract the negative effects. Biofuels, which are yet another successful alternative to fossil fuels, rely heavily on renewable material such as cellulose, sugar canes, animal fats and algae. A recent study conducted suggested that the changing weather conditions are going to have a negative impact on the production of biofuel.
This study, which was explained in detail by Newswise, provides the readers a comparison between switchgrass and corn stoves which were harvested after a yearlong drought from two years after normal rainfall.
While both plants are capable of producing more sugar, it ultimately went through a chemical-induced transformation. These changes resulted in the manufacturing of toxic compounds known as imidazole and pyrazine, rather than usable biofuel.
The problem which was created due to warming temperatures and drought is not difficult to understand or solve. As the study suggested, there were a number of things which can be done to recover these plants and ensure that they produce enough biofuel.
According to an explanation by Newswise: “To develop sustainable biofuel production systems, the deleterious effects of stress, such as fluctuations in precipitation and water availability, must be mitigated.”
The very first step towards this would be to eliminate sugar behind all these deadly compounds. The soluble sugars should be changed through pre-treatment. This means they ought to be removed prior to the treatment. Furthermore, the process could also be adjusted to integrate microbial strains which are resilient to imidazole and pyrazine.
Environmentalists have long worked hard to make use of biofuels a common practice in the US and if done properly, biofuels can be beneficial to the economy and the climate. Biofuels could also lead to lower fossil fuel imports, which would reduce our heavy reliance on coal. This would also reduce the production of carbon monoxide.
However, before we turn to biofuel as a primary source of energy, we should ensure that it is going to be better for our overall environment. This is required so that we also use it to counterbalance the various climatic changes.
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