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Understanding Biofuels

  • ID: 471060
  • Report
  • Region: Global
  • 150 Pages
  • Aruvian Research
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The topic of biofuels has drawn increased interest worldwide in the wake of steeply-climbing fossil fuel prices. While recently prices have begun to subside, they are unlikely to return to their former levels.

By substituting biofuels partially for imported oil, cash-strapped developing countries can invest their scarce capital in their own farms and industries rather than exporting it to wealthier oil-producing nations. If that reinvestment can be made in ways that help the poor escape poverty without degrading their lands, biofuels could contribute to equitable economic development, energy self-reliance and reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

Biofuels are renewable fuels that are predominantly produced from domestically produced biomass feed stocks or as a byproduct from the industrial processing of agricultural or food products, or from the recovery and reprocessing of products such as cooking and vegetable oil. Biofuel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum fuel to create a biofuel blend. It can be used in conventional healing equipment or diesel engine with no major modification. Biofuel is simple to use, biodegradable, non-toxic and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics. Ethanol and biodiesel are the most widely recognized biofuel sources for transport sector.

This research brings an in-depth coverage for this industry in its latest research report - Understanding Biofuels. The report looks at the basics of biofuels, the different types of biofuels available, the various uses, advantages, and disadvantages of biofuels, along with the critical factors influencing demand and supply scenarios in the global biofuel industry, the regulatory policy initiatives, vehicle compatibility, and the current and proposed production capacity of biofuels.

The report helps assess the feasibility of production of biofuels and the potential of biofuels. The technologies used in the industry, global experience with biofuel programs with a special focus on Brazil, biofuel plants, project profiles, and a special section on the viability of biofuels indices sets this report apart from others. Read on to the table of contents for the wide range of contents focused on in a comprehensive coverage of the Biofuels industry.
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A. Executive Summary

B. Basic Information on Biofuels
B.1 What are Biofuels?
B.2 Historical Perspective of Biofuels
B.3 Major Types of Biofuels Available
B.4 Myriad Uses of Biofuels
B.5 What are Direct Biofuels - A Brief Profile
B.6 Peaking of Oil Supplies & Role of Biofuels

C. What are First Generation Biofuels?
C.1 Vegetable Oil as a Fuel
C.1.1 Introduction
C.1.2 Historical Perspective
C.1.3 Application & Uses
C.1.4 Properties as a Fuel
C.1.5 Tax Incentives
C.1.6 Availability
C.1.7 Legal Framework

C.2 Biodiesel
C.2.1 Introduction
C.2.2 Historical Perspective
C.2.3 Technicalities
C.2.4 Applications & Uses
C.2.5 Concept of Gelling
C.2.6 Production & Availability
C.2.7 Feedstock
C.2.8 Economic Feasibility & Fuel Efficiency
C.2.9 Thermal Depolymerization
C.2.10 Environmental Advantages & Impacts of Biodiesel

C.3 Ethanol Fuel
C.3.1 Introduction
C.3.2 Chemistry of Ethanol
C.3.3 Sources & Production Process
C.3.3.1 Fermentation
C.3.3.2 Distillation
C.3.3.3 Dehydration
C.3.4 Looking at the Technology
C.3.5 Fuel Efficiency & Economy
C.3.6 Environmental Impact
C.3.7 Challenges & Issues
C.3.8 Current R&D

C.4 Butanol Fuel
C.4.1 Introduction
C.4.2 Production Process
C.4.3 Distribution
C.4.4 Fuel Efficiency & Economy
C.4.5 Octane Rating
C.4.6 Air to Fuel Ratio
C.4.7 Challenges & Issues
C.4.8 Butanol Fuel Mixtures

C.5 Methanol
C.5.1 Introduction
C.5.2 Historical Perspective
C.5.3 Production
C.5.4 Usage of Methanol
C.5.5 Health Issues

C.6 Alcohol Fuel
C.6.1 Introduction
C.6.2 Methanol & Ethanol
C.6.3 Propanol & Butanol
C.6.4 Case in Point - Brazil

C.7 Biogas
C.7.1 Introduction
C.7.2 Anaerobic Digestion
C.7.3 Looking at Landfill Gas
C.7.4 Converting Biogas to Natural Gas
C.7.5 Regulatory Framework for Landfill Gas

D. What are Second Generation Biofuels?

E. Disadvantages of Biofuels
E.1 Increase in Food Prices
E.2 Energy Efficiency of Biodiesel
E.3 Ecological Impact
E.4 Pollution

F. Advantages of Biofuels
F.1 Looking at Ethanol
F.2 Looking at Biodiesel

G. Use of Biofuels as a Transport Fuel
G.1 Australia
G.2 Brazil
G.3 Canada
G.4 China
G.5 Colombia
G.6 European Union
G.7 India
G.8 Thailand
G.9 United States

H. Economics of Biofuels
H.1 Feedstock Costs
H.2 Processing Costs
H.3 Sales & Use of Biofuel Co-products
H.4 Overall Process Costs
H.5 Environmental Cost of Biofuels
H.6 Selling Price of Biofuels & Role of Tax Incentives
H.7 Influence of Biofuels on Overall Economy

I. Biofuels & Vehicle Performance
I.1 Biofuel Emissions
I.2 Impact on Engines
I.3 Emissions of Greenhouse Gases

J. Feasibly Marketing Biofuels
J.1 Looking at Trends in Global Oil Price & its Affect
J.2 Agricultural Factors Come into Play
J.3 Biofuel Authorizations
J.4 What to do with Excess Feedstock?

K. Expansion of Energy & Ethanol

L. Financial & Economical Study of Biofuel Programs

M. A Green Biofuels Index - Is It Viable?
M.1 Introduction
M.2 Biofuel Production & Their Markets
M.3 Quantifying Environmental Performance
M.4 Building a Biofuels Index
M.5 Execution of a Biofuels Index
M.6 Case Studies

N. Biofuel Power Stations
N.1 Biofuel Power Stations in United States
N.1.1 Fibrominn
N.1.2 Southeast Steam Plant
N.2 Biofuel Power Stations in the United Kingdom
N.2.1 Didcot Power Station
N.2.2 Fiddlers Ferry Power Station
N.2.3 Glanford Power Station

O. Biofuel Case Studies & Programs
O.1 Brazil's Ethanol Program
O.2 Jigawa Ethanol Program in Nigeria
O.3 National Biofuel Policy of Malaysia
O.4 Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation in UK
O.5 Willow Biomass Project in the US
O.6 Jatropha Oil Program in India
O.7 UNCTAD Biofuels Initiative

P. Looking at Biodiesel Globally
P.1 Australia
P.2 Brazil
P.3 Belgium
P.4 Canada
P.5 Costa Rica
P.6 Czech Republic
P.7 Estonia
P.8 Finland
P.9 Germany
P.10 India
P.11 Indonesia
P.12 Israel
P.13 Malaysia
P.14 Spain
P.15 Singapore
P.16 Taiwan
P.17 Thailand
P.18 UK
P.19 US

Q. Forecast for Biofuels Industry

R. Appendix

S. Glossary of Terms
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- Australia
- Belgium
- Brazil
- Canada
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Estonia
- Finland
- Germany
- India
- Indonesia
- Israel
- Malaysia
- Singapore
- Spain
- Taiwan
- Thailand
- UK
- US
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