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What is Biofuel Information?

Biofuel Information is an online information exchange portal which serves as a gateway on the latest developments and R&D initiatives on biofuel feedstocks specifically designed as a knowledge base for farmers, researchers, investors, and the general public. It focuses on the cultural management and processing of feedstocks to biofuel and contains other relevant information such as industry profiles of large biofuel producers, researchable areas, and the latest news and events.

Biofuel Information is an initiative of the Bureau of Agricultural Research through its Technology Commercialization Unit.

What is a Biofuel?

Biofuel is any fuel that is derived from organic matter. It is a renewable source of energy unlike any other resources such as petroleum, coal and nuclear fuels. One advantage of Biofuel in comparison to most other fuel types is its biodegradability, and thus rendering it relatively harmless to the environment if spilled. It is made from biomass and primarily used for motive, thermal and power generation, with quality specifications in accordance with the Philippine National Standards (PNS).

What is Alternative Fuel?

Alternative fuels are fuels that are not composed substantially of petroleum and thus, are alternatives to petroleum. As a substitute to this "traditional" fuel, it is expected to yield significant energy security and environmental benefits to its consumers. Methanol, denatured ethanol, and other alcohols blended with gasoline, diesel or other fuels are alternative fuels. Those that act as substitutes to petroleum, such as natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, hydrogen, and coal-derived liquid fuels are also considered as alternative fuels, as are fuels derived from biological materials and electricity

Are there agricultural products that can be tapped for biofuel use?
Agricultural products specifically grown for use as biofuels include:

  • Corn
  • Soybean
  • Cassava
  • Sweet Sorghum
  • Coconut
  • Jatropa