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Alternative Low Emission Fuels to Power your Car

Alternative Low Emission Fuels to Power your Car

This guest post is by David Beastall writing on behalf of Northern Energy.

Everybody’s familiar with petroleum gas and diesel fuels, however there are other alternative energy sources for powering your car once converted that have benefits you might not have considered before.

LPG

LPG (also known as LP Gas) is short for liquefied petroleum gas, which is a form of fuel that is stored in its liquid state and vaporised immediately before combustion. When it’s used for powering cars it’s typically referred to as Auto Gas. LPG is a more cost effective fuel than traditional diesel or petroleum, however like many alternative automobile and vehicle fuels it does not have as widespread adoption or coverage as traditional gas when it comes to supply and refilling.

Many large branded energy supply companies have separate LPG tanks located within their gas and refilling stations. As well as being a considerably less expensive alternative, it’s also a cleaner burning fuel resulting in less waste and C02 emissions being emitted from the exhaust.

Bio Fuel

Bio fuel stems from crops such as corn, rapeseed or flax which are specifically harvested in order to produce alternative vehicle fuels. Unlike Petroleum based fuels, bio-fuels derived from organic bio-mass plant matter such as the above. Unlike refined petroleum they are completely non-toxic and don’t have adverse affects on the environment.

As the world’s natural resources become depleted it is predicted there will be a market shift towards focusing on further mass production of these types of fuels in conjunction with improved technology used in both production and fuel consumption. However there have been concerns that the price of food (particularly Maize and Sugar) would increase as companies seek to switch to crops used in fuel production rather than food suitable for human consumption.

Electric Cars

Electric powered cars in particular have seen the biggest increase in popularity of all the alternatively powered cars. States like California have adopted the electric car in a big way, and other international cities such as London continue to improve and increase adoption.

There are not many countries that yet claim you can use purely electric energy to power your car from one side of the country to the other; however hybrids powered vehicles exist for this very reason.

Some of the things being done to encourage further adoption of electric powered vehicles include the introduction of hybrid grid/solar powered electric stations. Newer standards mean that it will soon be possible to charge an electric car in up to 20 minutes as opposed to 12 hours.

Particular energy companies are also making available specifically adapted home charging technology that will further help to make an electric car a more realistic and appealing consumer option.

In addition there are a number of government grants, tax breaks and incentive schemes in place that mean new electric cars are an affordable option for much of the public.

Conclusion

Whilst all of these alternatives are more or less continuing to increase in popularity and adoption you need to consider your individual situation as some may be unsuitable for you, for obvious reasons such as availability within your particular area.

One thing that all of these alternative fuels have in common over their traditionally more available counter-parts is that individuals are usually eligible for tax breaks that will reduce the costs of running a car or vehicle as well as the positive environmental impact this will have on our communities.

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David Beastall is an environmental blogger writing on behalf of Northern Energy.

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Top Airline Companies Go Earth Friendly

Top Airline Companies Go Earth Friendly

This guest post is by Shay of FrenchAirportGuide.com.

The need to help save Mother Earth has reached the ears of many airline companies. News of the successful completion of the world’s first intercontinental flight that is run by the sun has reached the attention of the world. This gives more hope to environmentalist that even airports and airline companies can indeed do their part in helping saving the earth. At present, many airline companies have joined the cause and they are doing their part to help ease Mother Nature of the burden of enduring too much waste that it could handle. These are some of the eco-friendly measures they have done..

Use of Alternative Source of Fuel

Etihad Airways

It allowed the operation of its very first bio-fuel powered aircraft using the Boeing 777-300ER, which flew 14 hours fromSeattletoAbu Dhabipowered by recycled vegetable cooking oil mixed with traditional jet fuel.

Lufthansa

This German airline, which flies to several French Airports, also joined with the eco-friendly cause. It successfully completed a six-month trial period for the very first world bio-fuel powered route, which was comprised of 1,200 flights that flew fromHamburg andFrankfurt. This gave freedom from carbon dioxide emission to as much as 1,471 tonnes.

Below is a summary of the achievements posted by the top five eco-friendly airlines in the world today:

1. Continental Airlines

It managed to improve its aircraft efficiency by 80% in span of only three decades. It is still pursuing its goal of finding fuel solution that will completely make their services 100% eco-friendly

2. British Airways

It has declared that it will be producing sixteen million gallons of eco-friendly bio-fuel coming from waste products by the year 2014. This is made possible through the deal made with Solena Group.

3. Southwest Airlines

The company took the initiative to make a $175 million investment to Required Navigational Performance in hope of producing fuel-efficient planes that will reduce the needed fuel through optimized flight paths.

4. VirginAtlantic

The owner of the company, Richard Branson, has made a commitment to recycle on board waste. Moreover, he also made a £2 billion pledge in support of fighting global warming.

5.QatarAirways

It is hailed as the very first airline company to have a commercial passenger that runs by natural gas derived fuel.

While airline companies are making their effort to help fight the ill effects of global warming, French airports have also shown their support. Several airport shuttles have shifted to the use of propane and CNG as alternative fuel option. It may be long way before humanity completely frees itself from unwanted wastes that are harmful to the earth, but with the measures and heightened support and awareness of everyone, it is close to becoming a reality.

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