Online Biofuels Certificates
Southeastern's Biofuels Program
Facts about ethanol and biodiesel transportation fuels:
- In 2014, 14.3 billion gallons of ethanol was produced by 213 plants.
- Ethanol makes up 10% of the U.S. supply of gasoline
- Petroleum (crude and products) import dependence peaked at 60% in 2005, but was just 28% in 2014.
- Petroleum import dependence would have been 35% without 14.3 billion gallons of ethanol in 2014
- Sustainability–Ethanol yields more fuel than it takes to produce it
- $53 billion in Gross Domestic product was generated by the ethanol industry in 2014
- For every bushel of corn processed into ethanol: 1/3 goes to animal feed; 1/3 to CO2; and 1/3 to ethanol
- 1 bushel of corn generates 2.8 gallons of ethanol and 17-18 pounds of animal feed
- The octane rating for ethanol is 113
- Biodiesel reduces the carbon dioxide burden of transportation fuels
- Biodiesel is non-toxic, biodegradable, and has less exhaust emissions than traditional diesel
- Biodiesel has higher lubricity than traditional diesel and can extend the life of an engine
- Biodiesel burns more efficiently than traditional diesel
- Biodiesel has a higher flash-point making it easier to transport and store
- All major automaker and engine manufacturers accept the use of up to at least B5.
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