Impact Of Alternative Fuel
Alternative fuels being used in place of conventional fuels are still in a comparatively initial stage of development and a lot of study and research still needs to be done before the full impact of alternative fuel use is felt in the world. Manufacturers of engines and devices that use alternative fuel are still coming to grips with the technological requirements that each of these alternative fuels is asking of their products and therefore one cannot say with a great deal of assurance that the impact of alternative fuel on the world and its economy has been fully felt.
The impact of alternative fuel on the ecology has been well established. These fuels are cleaner and have much smaller carbon footprints, with sources like hydrogen and electric alternates making almost no addition to the pollution. So with less CO2 in the air, the green house effect is minimized and this can only have a beneficial effect on the environment.
There is already a definite perception that alternative fuels burn more efficiently and this simply means that you save fuel and therefore money. So, one very positive impact of alternative fuel is that it will reduce the cost of running your vehicles, and increase the time between refilling. Some alternative fuels give as much as 50% better mileage.
The very fact that alternative fuels are being now more extensively used means that the dependence on oil and the problems that this has economic as well as political are greatly reduced and non oil producing nations or nations that are dependent on external oil sources to supplement their own will be less at the mercy of oil producers and their whims in pricing and linking up supplies to other than commercial matters.
Production of alternative fuels is generally something that can be taken up in each country. So the impact of alternative fuel is that it can increase the scope of business and production within the country thus adding to the jobs available and in general helping the economy.
A lot of alternative fuels can be produced by recycling agricultural waste, and even old grease, used frying oil from restaurants, and other waste products. So this reduces the problem of disposing of such materials, which was also a cost earlier. The impact of alternative fuel is that it can turn many wastes into productive fuel and also save the environment from the disposal problems that these wastes used to originally create.
The research on the development of alternative fuels has led to great advances in the battery industry as the need for lighter and faster charging batteries is being seen as a restraint on developing electricity as an alternative fuel. This same impact is also being felt for developing newer methods to produce hydrogen and its storage and usage. The automobile industry has also been at the forefront of developing new engines and ways which can use the alternative fuels better.
So the impact of alternative fuel on the modern world is that it has had many new avenues for development of newer technologies and the most positive thing that it has done is to reduce the green house gas emissions and generally made the world a better place to live in.