Using bio-ethanol indirectly

ScienceNOW’s daily news reported yesterday on a study that claims that biofuels are more efficient if they are turned into electricity than used in cars.

It’s an interesting thought: if we turn the crops and wood chippings into electricity instead of bio-ethanol, and then drove electric cars, this could well have a positive change on the emissions.

Turning biofuels into electricity on a large scale could well mean that the CO2 emissions even better controlled, thus meaning less of it getting back into the atmosphere.

I wonder whether other studies will support their claims?


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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.


  1. Boy Caisido says

    This is interesting indeed; fast charging a battery would be an issue, as well as the mileage per charge when you “gas up”.
    As it is now, a gas tank can bring you hundreds of kilometers as against a hundred or so per charge for an electric car.
    This is the challenge for the near future; but I agree—alcohol to electricity is one good way to go!

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