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The goal of introducing clean technology into the consumer and production market was to create sustainable and environmentally-friendly solutions to decrease carbon footprints, protect the world from global warming, and reduce the production of greenhouse gases. The development of electricity-based fuels or e-fuels paved the way for the transportation companies to develop specific strategies on how the component could be integrated into their products. In such a sector, e-fuels have already been proven feasible as a sustainable solution to significant environmental concerns, and efforts to integrate e-fuels with other components are being sought in many contemporary empirical studies.
One such variation of e-fuels is a carbon-neutral e-diesel that was initially developed by a popular vehicle company. This development is a leap in the field of clean technology because CO2-neutral e-diesels is particularly made from renewable energy sources, water, and carbon dioxide. Powering cars the same way as typical gases, CO2-neutral e-diesels are initially created through water electrolysis, creating hydrogen. The hydrogen product is then integrated with carbon dioxide using innovative technologies, ultimately creating hydrocarbon compounds that could be used in a variety of applications. Current research on carbon dioxide-neutral e-diesels, however, has been solely focused on the transportation sector; nevertheless, the benefits of utilizing CO2-neutral e-diesels in any application is the same.
Reduced CO2 Emissions and Pollution
All vehicles using typical commercial gases would yield significant carbon emissions as the by-product of a vehicle’s mechanical process during operation is carbon. As such, it could always be guaranteed that normally-produced vehicles would create high carbon emissions; carbon dioxide-neutral e-diesel, however, functions in such a way that carbon emissions would equal human activity. When put into operation, this mechanism will be a first in the field of clean technology.
The direct effects of reduced carbon dioxide emissions lie in the reduction of environmental pollutants and unhealthy air quality. The promulgation of CO2 neutral e-diesel promises improved carbon footprints in terms of the transportation sector as well as healthier living conditions for people living in urban areas.
The different components of carbon-dioxide neutral e-diesels would not imply reduced performance and functions; rather, the use of such fuel promises improved performance and superior combustion. The total energy efficiency of such fuels was rated at 70%, implying a significant increase for energy-saving processes yielded by typical e-fuels. Consistent with other clean technology products, vehicles that use CO2-neutral e-diesels are also expected to emit fewer pollutants and operate quieter.
The car company responsible for the development of CO2-neutral e-diesels is currently in the works of maximizing the benefits of e-diesels in sustainable transportation. Beginning operations in 2013, the company’s research and development team is expected to consume at least 2,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, yielding an average of 1,000 e-diesel. While studies are still being conducted on the applicability and benefits of e-diesel in transportation, the known effects of the compound on yielding superior performance provides a good outlook.
Long-term Environmental Sustainability
The primary goal of any endeavor in clean technology is to provide users with more sustainable and environment-friendly solutions to the use of natural resources. The use of CO2-neutral e-diesels would significantly address such concerns because it would enable the long-term use of transportation without sacrificing environmental sustainability. A predicted outcome of utilizing CO2-neutral e-diesels would be the long-term preservation of non-renewable resources.
Because e-fuels could also be integrated into conventional fuels, the emergence of CO2-neutral e-diesels would enable more flexible practices in fuel usage. For instance, studies done in Europe on synthetic fuels have concluded that the proper use of e-fuels, including carbon dioxide-neutral e-diesels, could save up to 2.8 gigatons of carbon dioxide by 2050. This discovery, when applied on a global scale, could significantly preserve non-renewable resources and facilitate more applications of clean technology in daily living.
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