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An Overview of the Classification, Production and Utilization of Biofuels for Internal Combustion Engine Applications


Biofuel, a cost-effective, safe, and environmentally benign fuel produced from renewable sources, has been accepted as a sustainable replacement and a panacea for the damaging effects of the exploration for and consumption of fossil-based fuels. The current work examines the classification, generation, and utilization of biofuels, particularly in internal combustion engine (ICE) applications. Biofuels are classified according to their physical state, technology maturity, the generation of feedstock, and the generation of products. The methods of production and the advantages of the application of biogas, bioalcohol, and hydrogen in spark ignition engines, as well as biodiesel, Fischer– Tropsch fuel, and dimethyl ether in compression ignition engines, in terms of engine performance and emission are highlighted. The generation of biofuels from waste helps in waste minimization, proper waste disposal, and sanitation. The utilization of biofuels in ICEs improves engine performance and mitigates the emission of poisonous gases. There is a need for appropriate policy frameworks to promote commercial production and seamless deployment of these biofuels for transportation applications with a view to guaranteeing energy security.

Funding source: This reseach was funded by the the Postgraduate school and the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park Kingsway, South Africa. The APC was funded by the Library, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park Kingsway, South Africa.
Related subjects: Applications & Pathways
Countries: Nigeria ; South Africa

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