News

Beer Could Be the Answer – To the Gasoline Problem At least

Beer could potentially be a sustainable replacement for gasoline

Gasoline (or petrol for us in the UK) is a problem. If we overlook the environmental problems (which are improving given better efficiencies in engines) there is only so much of it we can easily obtain.

Beer, on the other hand, is plentiful and entirely sustainable. Plus, according to some advertisements from the 1940’s, it’s also good for you. Then again a lot of those adverts also said that smoking was good for us.

While electric cars may fill a void, the problem we have here is that the energy required to charge the car is not endless either. The only real long-term solution we have at present for the energy crisis is Nuclear Power and we all know how controversial they are.

Well, a breakthrough has found that the answer to the gasoline problem may actually be beer.

How beer can fuel your car

In a report via the Metro, chemists at the University of Bristol have, for several years, been working on a way to convert ethanol into butanol.

Ethanol is basically the ingredient in alcohol which makes us fall over. Despite this side effect for us, we have already proven that it can be used to power engines. There is, however, a couple problems with ethanol. Firstly, it is an exceptionally inefficient fuel, secondly, it has also been found to corrode metal.

Butanol, however, is far more energy efficient. In addition, based on the fact that 90% of beer is just water, we have plenty of it to go around. In addition to this, beer contains the easiest source of ethanol for the conversion.

The team at the university are currently developing their conversion catalyst further. They hope to have a practical implementation within 5 years.

With France planning an outright ban on the sale of gasoline and diesel cars by 2040, beer might be the answer to the problem is electricity isn’t.

What do you think? Could beer be the answer? – Let us know in the comments!

Mike Sanders

Disqus Comments Loading...

Recent Posts

Avalanche Studio Founder Blames Warner Bros for Mad Max DLC Cancellation

Avalanche Studio founder Christofer Sundberg recently opened up about the challenges faced during the development…

4 mins ago

The Steam Deck boasts a game library 61% Larger Than the Nintendo Switch’s

The Steam Deck, at just over two years old, is a relative newcomer compared to…

2 hours ago

New Leaked Video of Valves New Hero Shooter

Just a few days ago, some leaks surfaced on Twitter/X about Valve's upcoming 6v6 hero…

2 hours ago

Klevv and Essencore to Showcase New Products at Computex 2024

Essencore and its consumer-focused brand KLEVV has revealed that it will be heading to Computex…

2 hours ago

Neil Druckmann on AI’s Future Role at Naughty Dog

Naughty Dog's co-president Neil Druckmann shared his vision for the future of game development, emphasizing…

6 hours ago

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 5090 Rumored to Feature 32GB of GDDR7 Memory

NVIDIA's next-generation GeForce RTX 5090 graphics card is rumored to come with significant upgrades, including…

6 hours ago