New web site explores alternative fuel

Oct 7, 2003

Kettering University researchers have learned a lot about the practical applications of alternative fuels - specifically ethanol-blended fuel - and they are willing to share that knowledge in cyberspace.

Kettering University researchers have learned a lot about the practical applications of alternative fuels - specifically ethanol-blended fuel - and they are willing to share that knowledge in cyberspace. The mechanical engineers have developed a web page that explains the effect of using ethanol-blended fuels for transportation. Their goal is to disseminate objective information based on the experience that Kettering has gained in using ethanol-blended fuel in their Silverado truck and "clean" snowmobile. The truck and snowmobile have both been converted to run on ethanol blends up to 85 percent. The website address is: http://ethanolfacts.kettering.edu/.

Dr. Greg Davis, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Advanced Engine Research Laboratory, said, "Much misinformation about the use of this fuel exists which limits its acceptance by the general public. This website is intended to provide people with clear, unbiased information. We also provide links to other sources of information regarding ethanol."

Ethanol is an alcohol made through the fermentation of plant sugars from agricultural crops and other biomass resources. It can be used in blends up to 10% in all vehicles and up to 85% in specially manufactured flexible fuel vehicles. Ethanol has many potential environmental benefits because it burns cleaner than gasoline and reduces most exhaust emissions. Further, ethanol is a renewable fuel, which is grown and produced in America. The use of ethanol has also been shown to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.

Funding for this project was made available through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The grant is administered by the CIS' Energy Office through the Michigan Biomass Energy Program (MBEP).

For additional information, contact MBEP Program Coordinator-Kelly Launder at 517-241-6223 or klaund@michigan.gov, Kettering University Professor Dr. Greg Davis at 810-762-9886, or Urban Options Executive Director-Pat Hudson at 888-999-6424. The MBEP website is: http://michiganbioenergy.org