Used primarily to power automobiles and heat buildings, biofuel is a type of fuel derived from newly deceased organic matter, instead of ancient organic matter, as is the case with fossil fuels. This growing industry has made headlines recently as new technology is developed, and as biofuels are adopted more widely. Learn more about biofuel, including biodiesel and ethanol, and how it is powering many vehicles today.
Insights for Biofuel
- Curious about corn can power a car? HowStuffWorks describes how biodiesel works in an informative article.
- Biofuels are seemingly always in the news. Find the latest coverage of related events and biofuel commentary from The Guardian, which has a topic page dedicated to the fuel.
- Alternative fueling stations powering cutting edge vehicles are sprouting up around the United States. Find the closest alternative fuel station to you with help from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Top Sites for Biofuel
BBC provides an overview of biofuels, explaining what they are, where they are used and the drawbacks.
Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center , a U.S. Department of Energy program, reviews the production cycle of ethanol, including the incentives and laws related to ethanol fuels. The “Fuels” section provides information on other biofuels.
National Biodiesel Board is a trade association representing the U.S. biodiesel industry. Explore the “Resources” tab to learn more about sustainability and legislative issues. The Biodiesel Fact Sheets page answers more questions about the fuel, including emissions issues and energy content.
FuelEconomy.gov helps you learn about vehicles that run on alternative fuels like biodiesel and ethanol. Research hybrid and electric vehicles, and find and compare alternative fuel cars.