Car of the Future

Student Handout

Team 2: Ethanol Fuel Web Resources

Corn fuel Your task is to do research to find out:

  • how ethanol is made (E85 and cellulosic biomass)
  • the environmental impacts of ethanol
  • the advantages and disadvantages of using ethanol as a fuel
  • the major challenges facing implementation of ethanol as a fuel

Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center: Alternative Fueling Station Locator
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
Shows locations for existing U.S. alternative fuel stations.

How E85 Ethanol Flex Fuel Works
Source: HowStuffWorks
Explains what E85 ethanol fuel is, what its advantages and disadvantages are, and the current status of efforts to introduce it into the U.S. fuel system.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Provides a brief overview and different types of ethanol and the advantages and disadvantages of E85 ethanol. Includes short videos on the use of ethanol in professional racing and how one town in Indiana is working toward being the first U.S. town to meet all of its energy needs with local renewable resources.

Alternative & Advanced Fuels: Ethanol
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
Gives information on what ethanol is, how it is produced and distributed, and what its benefits are.

Source: Harvesting Clean Energy
Provides the present status of ethanol production, how it is currently being used, and where it is headed.