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Photos Of Alternative Energy Including Ethanol, Wind and Solar

The photos below are of an ethanol processing plant near Lubbock, Texas. Here corn is converted into ethanol  and loaded into the tank cars to be hauled away to a refinery where it is mixed with gasoline. Increased use of ethanol has been mandated by the federal government. Whether this use of natural resources is actually a benefit to the environment and produces more energy than it uses remains in question. 

It is the opinion of many scientists that the current method of producing ethanol from corn is a waste of precious natural resources and is only driving up food costs without reducing our imports of foreign oil.  Many believe that natural gas, which is still plentiful in North America would be a much better fuel for vehicles in the short term until we transition to electric and hydrogen powered vehicles. 

Promising technology that may help ethanol fill some of our energy needs includes cellulosic ethanol which uses waste by products such as wood chips and straw. Advances in cellulose ethanol have been slow as competing companies try to develop genetically modified bacteria that will digest the cellulose from a variety of sources.  More photos of wind, solar, and geothermal sites will be included soon so keep checking back. Your Paypal Donations Are Welcome Here:

For books on the ethanol and alternative energy including wind, solar and geothermal try The Renewable Energy Bookstore.

ethanol plant photo   Ethanol factory, Lubbock, TX 4-5-08

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wind turbines and setting sun

Photo of wind farm at sunset near Sterling City Texas. For more wind energy photos see the next page here: Wind Energy Photos

Below are photos of solar panels on a home in Austin, Texas. Next to it is a photo of a solar hot water heater's thermal collector.

Photos of rooftop solar panel system Photo of solar hot water heater collector on roof.

Note: The photo of solar panels below is not mine.

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For books on the ethanol and alternative energy including wind, solar and geothermal try The Renewable Energy Bookstore.

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