Solution: BiofuelEdit

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Plants use photosynthesis to store solar energy in the form of chemical energy. Biofuel is any fuel that derives from biomass, including living organisms or their metabolic byproducts, such as cow manure.

Typically biofuel is burned to release its stored chemical energy. Research into more efficient methods of converting biofuels and other fuels into electricity utilizing fuel cells is an area of very active work. Biomass, also known as biomatter, can be used directly as fuel or to produce liquid biofuel. Agriculturally produced biomass fuels, such as biodiesel, ethanol and bagasse (often a by-product of sugar cane cultivation) can be burned in internal combustion engines or boilers.

A drawback is that all biomass needs to go through some of these steps: it needs to be grown, collected, dried, fermented and burned. All of these steps require resources and an infrastructure. However, the United States government passed legislation that requires the integration of 7.5 billion U.S. gallons (28,000,000 m³) of ethanol into the gasoline supply experts estimate that six billion dollars of investment will be created along with 200,000 additional jobs in the United States.

Biomatter energy, under the right conditions, is considered to be renewable.


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