- Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
“Alternative fuels have been explored for several decades but have recently attracted more attention due to rising petroleum costs, a desire to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, and concerns about reducing vehicle emissions. The new U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard has made it a requirement to increase the production of ethanol and advanced biofuels to 36 billion gallons by 2022.
The objective of Argonne’s research is to systematically evaluate the effects of various ethanol/gasoline blends on engine efficiency, combustion behavior and engine-out emissions in a modern, spark-ignited, direct-injected engine.
Ethanol is the most visible and familiar renewable fuel that has the potential to significantly displace the petroleum demand.”
“Alternative Fuels: Ethanol,” www.transportation.anl.gov (accessed June 25, 2009)
“Argonne National Laboratory, one of the US Department of Energy’s oldest and largest national laboratories for science and engineering research, employs roughly 2,900 employees, including about 1,000 scientists and engineers, three-quarters of whom hold doctoral degrees… Since 1990, Argonne has worked with more than 600 companies and numerous federal agencies and other organizations…
Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC, for the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science.”
“Overview,” www.anl.gov (accessed June 25, 2009)
“Our mission is to apply a unique mix of world-class science, engineering and user facilities to deliver innovative research and technologies. We create new knowledge that addresses the most important scientific and societal needs of our nation…
Our vision is to lead the world in providing scientific and engineering solutions to the grand challenges of our time: plentiful and safe energy, a healthy environment, economic competitiveness and a secure nation.”
“Argonne’s Mission, Vision and Values,” www.anl.gov (accessed June 25, 2009)
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