In a world where our environment is deteriorating more and more every day, we need to turn to more environmentally friendly resources, especially for fuel. Hemp biofuel was discovered to be an alternative option for fuel since the days of Henry Ford, who was a supporter of hemp as a replacement for typical petroleum fuel. However, America’s dependence on petroleum has only grown since the early 1900’s. Now, America has almost depleted its sources of petroleum and has begun to harvest fossil fuels from other countries. This is expensive and unsustainable.
A great option for an alternative, hemp fuel is produced from hemp’s waste products, which leave behind methanol and ethanol. One acre of hemp can produce about 1,000 gallons of fuel. On the other hand, petroleum oil is becoming more and more scarce.
A renewable alternative
Hemp can be grown domestically in any climate or environment, making hemp fuel a far better option than traditional fuel. Hemp is far better for the environment because it is a renewable resource, meaning the plant grow consistently and quickly, unlike traditional fuel, which is a limited resource that is quickly depleting and will soon run dry. When hemp is burned for fuel, the carbon dioxide that is released into the air is reabsorbed by the next crop of hemp, which can be harvested only four months later. This prevents a harmful carbon dioxide build up. Also, hemp is a very leafy, dense plant. As such, hemp releases more oxygen than most plants do, which mitigates the harmful effects of a release of carbon dioxide. Hemp fuel is also beneficial for the vehicle! Biofuel is more lubricating than petroleum and does not harm the torque or ignition of the car.
Will hemp fuel replace fossil fuels?
For hemp fuel to successfully replace fossil fuels and petroleum, it would have to become more widely legalized across the United States. As of now, it is legal to grow hemp in only 13 states. This causes hemp products, including hemp fuel, to be more expensive and less realistic as a replacement. Once the United States can accept hemp more widely and create more efficient manufacturing, hemp fuel can become a more practical, cost-effective possibility to replace harmful petroleum fuel. Though not a practical choice currently, hemp will become a reliable choice in the future!