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Recent years we have seen increasing interest in many parts of the world in the production of liquid biofuels from primary purpose-grown energy crops, to discuss further, I would like to understand with a report for me to analyse the real findings and agree what is the actual status, which includes the following:

A; description of the different types of 'energy source plant materials', and short explanations of the methods by which they can be used to produce liquid fuels.

A; discussion of the possible benefits of a major shift from petroleum products to liquid biofuels and the main obstacles to such development.

A; review of the present situation and an assessment of the future potential of liquid biofuels.

If i can present to the group the findings for us all to review a report for each of the above points approx. 800 words should be detailed enough for me to analyse and get to grips with thanks

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A; description of the different types of 'energy source plant materials', and short explanations of the methods by which they can be used to produce liquid fuels.

There are various energy souce plant materials. The one most commonly used to produce liquid biofuels include:

1) Alcohol - This is obtained from any feedstock which has a high sugar content (i.e. sugar cane, sugar beet) or that which has a high starch content (i.e. maize, wheat). Alcohol can be used to make Ethanol, a type of liquid biofuel, using the following process:

The sugar is fermented to alcohol (in the case of starch, it is first converted to sugar, and then fermented). You can read more about this process here:
http://www.greenfacts.org/glossary/def/fermentation.htm

However, it is similar to the process of making beer/wine. Pure ethanol, however, is made through the process of distillation.

2) Vegetable Oil - This can include soybean, rapeseed, coconut, palm, sunflower or jatropha oil.

3) Animal Fat - This can be in the form of fish or animal fat that is obtained from animal-processing operations in the form of glycerin or animal feed.
Both vegetable oil and animal fat can be utilized in a process called transesterification. Transesterification involves the combination of vegetable oil or animal fat with an alcohol and a catalyst.

Vegetable oil and animal fat can also be used ...

Solution Summary

Recent years we have seen increasing interest in many parts of the world in the production of liquid biofuels from primary purpose-grown energy crops, to discuss further, I would like to understand with a report for me to analyse the real findings and agree what is the actual status, which includes the following:
A; description of the different types of 'energy source plant materials', and short explanations of the methods by which they can be used to produce liquid fuels.
A; discussion of the possible benefits of a major shift from petroleum products to liquid biofuels and the main obstacles to such development.
A; review of the present situation and an assessment of the future potential of liquid biofuels.

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