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biofuel

[bahy-oh-fyoo-uh l] /ˈbaɪ oʊˌfyu əl/
noun
1.
fuel, as wood or ethanol, derived from biomass.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75; bio- + fuel
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  • Scientists are seeking help from microbes to produce road-ready biofuels.
  • Backers of algae-based biofuels tout the simplicity of their feedstock.
  • Misguided policies favor biofuels over grain for hungry people.
  • Cars powered by batteries and by biofuels, such as ethanol, are making headway in the marketplace.
  • The conference could have helped rationalise biofuels policy.
  • He points to the success of several test flights using biofuels.
  • The biofuels or batteries that will power cars in the alternative future should beat petrol at today's prices.
  • The one renewable-energy source it still seems to be serious about is biofuels.
  • Farmers have bought the idea that they can make money out of biofuels.
  • Recently, several huge research centers have sprung up to develop better ways to make biofuels.
British Dictionary definitions for biofuels

biofuel

/ˈbaɪəʊˌfjʊəl/
noun
1.
a gaseous, liquid, or solid substance of biological origin that is used as a fuel
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Word Origin and History for biofuels

biofuel

n.

also bio-fuel, by 1984, from bio- + fuel (n.).

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biofuels in Science
biofuel
  (bī'ō-fy'əl)   
Fuel produced from renewable resources, especially plant biomass, vegetable oils, and treated municipal and industrial wastes. Biofuels are considered neutral with respect to the emission of carbon dioxide because the carbon dioxide given off by burning them is balanced by the carbon dioxide absorbed by the plants that are grown to produce them. The use of biofuels as an additive to petroleum-based fuels can also result in cleaner burning with less emission of carbon monoxide and particulates. ◇ Ethanol produced by fermenting the sugars in biomass materials such as corn and agricultural residues is known as bioethanol. Bioethanol is used in internal-combustion engines either in pure form or more often as a gasoline additive. ◇ Biodiesel is made by processing vegetable oils and other fats and is also used either in pure form or as an additive to petroleum-based diesel fuel. ◇ Biogas is a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide produced by the anaerobic decomposition of organic matter such as sewage and municipal wastes by bacteria. It is used especially in the generation of hot water and electricity.
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