The first person who ever imagined using hemp as a replacement for fossil fuels was Henry Ford. He created a sedan which ran on ethanol that was one hundred percent hemp based. Henry also could see that utilizing the agricultural byproducts which most people considered waste was an inherent source for fuel creation. Ford was a green thinker by today’s standards and can be quoted as having said “There is fuel in every bit of vegetable matter that can be fermented. There’s enough alcohol in one year’s yield of an acre of potatoes to drive the machinery necessary to cultivate the fields for a hundred years.”
On his very own estate, Mr. Ford grew hemp which he used to create hemp gasoline as well as oil and various plastic composites. He intended to use the composite to fabricate car chassis as this substance was stronger and lighter than the steel which was being used.
Count The Ways Hemp Can Be Adopted?
There have been more ways than one would care to count, in which hemp has been the base. Everything from paper, food, textiles, fuel, clothing, hempcrete, fiberboard and those are just a couple of uses. Although modern society is not racing towards the use of vehicles that are powered by hemp, industrial hemp is finally making some news, especially when being used as an alternate source of energy. There are gradually more and more studies being conducted on the benefits of the low tetrahydrocannabinol strains found in Cannabis sativa. A keen interest is being taken in hemp for use as a biofuel, not only by universities but also by politicians and entire governments.
How Does it Work?
Studies have shown that hemp can be used to create bioethanol as well as biodiesel. In comparison with palm oil, corn, and sugar beet, this product is much more environmentally friendly. One of the main advantages of hemp is that it can grow virtually anywhere, and the soil in which it grows is left healthier than before it was planted.
It is very easy to grow hemp, not only does it grow quickly but also requires less fertilizer and energy. After planting it does not require additional chemicals to thrive, not to mention, it is also useful for offsetting the carbon footprint which fossil fuels generously produce.
Although frequently discarded, the cannabis seeds are what hold most of the natural oil of the plant which can be converted into fuel. According to researchers at the University of Connecticut, viable quantities are easily obtained from industrial hemp for production as biodiesel. A group of graduate students in Connecticut literally produced biodiesel from hemp, and it had a conversion efficiency rate of ninety-seven percent.
Advantages of Using Hemp as a Biofuel
Although there has always been a multitude of uses for the agricultural crop of hemp, one of its most valuable properties could be its use as a clean burning fuel. At this moment, most of the petroleum reserves in America are being depleted, and The US is purchasing fossil fuels from other countries.
Possessing a fuel source which can be grown at home nearly anywhere in any country, and is highly renewable would create a nation that is self-reliant on fuel plus dump bucket loads of money back into their economy.
Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and is being poured out into our atmosphere from our continued use of fossil fuels. According to Fortune, if this trend continues for the next fifty years or so, a global catastrophe could be awaiting the world as we know it.
Is that a risk we are willing to take? Or perhaps we should just grow an environmentally safe cash crop that has the ability to help remove the harmful carbon from our environment as well as create more jobs at home and produce our own fuel for pennies on the dollar. I believe that this is a step in the right direction, hemp should be utilized to its full extent.
The fact that you can use every part of the cannabis plant is another stellar benefit of hemp. After the oil has been pressed from the seeds, the leftover material can be collected and used to create a very nutritious animal feed high in protein and fiber. The fallen leaves from the cannabis plant along with the roots and trimming produced during harvest do an admirable job of helping to replenish the soil and prepare it for the next crop.
There are so many benefits associated with the use of hemp as a biofuel. Most researchers would agree that it would be a tragic mistake not to pursue this option.