alternative fuel


Definition of alternative fuel

: a fuel for internal combustion engines that is derived partly or wholly from a source other than petroleum and that is less damaging to the environment than traditional fuels alternative fuel vehicles the alternative fuel industry

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The gases will then react to form methanol, an alternative fuel that can be used in cars. Leah Asmelash And Brian Ries, CNN, "They want to create floating islands to convert sunlight into energy. Here's how they'd work," 17 June 2019 Europe — after years of grandstanding — is finally going to revise its biofuels policy to reduce imports of climate-intensive alternative fuels like palm oil. Nithin Coca, Vox, "The most important country for the global climate no one is talking about," 6 Dec. 2018 By 2020, the company aims to have one in four new vehicles purchased to operate on alternative fuel or have fuel-saving advanced technology. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "FedEx to Add 1,000 Electric Vehicles to Parcel Fleet," 20 Nov. 2018 The company that makes the alternative fuel blend, LanzaTech, says third-party estimates show its fuels reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by more than 70 percent compared to burning the same amount of jet fuel. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Tonight a Virgin Atlantic 747 will fly on fuel made from industrial waste gas," 2 Oct. 2018 Natural gas, not electricity, has become the alternative fuel of choice for trucks and buses because the size and weight of the necessary battery packs make electrical power impractical. WSJ, "Natural Gas: Another Alternative Auto Fuel," 18 Nov. 2018 The alternative fuels require chargers or dedicated fueling stations, but Costa Rica is largely starting from scratch. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Costa Rica has an ambitious new climate policy — but no, it’s not banning fossil fuels," 17 July 2018 The report outlines a variety of strategies that could help achieve that goal—everything from alternative fuels to carbon capture technology to new chemical recipes for the cement product itself. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Cement Producers Are Developing a Plan to Reduce CO2 Emissions," 9 July 2018 The effort, a partnership by South African social enterprise Fetola, WWF, and SkyNRG, aims to create a clean jet fuel supply in South Africa, a country with a long history of developing and using alternative fuels. Munyaradzi Makoni, The Christian Science Monitor, "South African planes may soon fly on waste plants," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of alternative fuel

1903, in the meaning defined above

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