When you stop at the gas station to top off your tank, how much thought do you put in to choosing the fuel that’s right for your car? For your wallet? For the environment? For the air quality in your community?
The truth is, transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States – accounting for nearly 30%.
Given the economic and environmental implications of petroleum reliance, clean energy is a priority for scientists, lawmakers and citizens.
Dr. Hunter Flodman is an assistant professor of practice in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Clean energy is on his mind more often than not.
“Cleaner-burning fuel improves air quality, and it reduces the amount of toxic and particulate matter that comes out of the tailpipe of your vehicle,” he said.
For many families, ethanol is the easiest cleaner-burning, lower-cost fuel solution.
According to Dr. Flodman, the oxygen ethanol contains results in “complete combustion.” This translates to a reduction in toxic emissions that are harmful not only to public health, but also to the ozone layer.