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High yield with high lipid containing algae, more CO2 capture ability, high production rate are other advantages of the fourth generation of biofuels.

However, the initial investment is very high, which is fourth generation biofuels major disadvantage. Also, research is at its primary stage for now. The second part revolves around the fourth generation biofuels "solar to fuel" concept.

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Carbon Capturing Biomass [ 7. Crops that are genetically engineered to take in high amounts of carbon are grown and harvested as biomass.


The crops are then converted into fuel using second generation techniques. The total emissions of air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides will rise due the growing use of bio-ethanol.

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There is an increase fourth generation biofuels carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels to produce the biofuels as well as nitrous oxide from the soil, which has most likely been treated with nitrogen fertilizer. Nitrous oxide is known to have a greater impact on the atmosphere in relation to global warming, as it is also an ozone destroyer.

Issues relating to biofuels There are various social, economic, environmental and technical issues with biofuel production and use, which have been discussed in the popular media and scientific journals.

It concluded that fourth generation biofuels all biofuels perform equally in terms of their impact on climate, energy security and ecosystems, and suggested that environmental and social impacts need to be assessed throughout the entire life-cycle.

From first generation biofuels to advanced solar biofuels

Another issue with biofuel use and production is the US has changed mandates many times because the production has been fourth generation biofuels longer than expected. The Renewable Fuel Standard RFS set by congress for was pushed back to at best to produce million gallons of pure ethanol not blended with a fossil fuel.

Particularly fuels made from such oils such as palm oil and soy oil are being targeted. The future technologies, based on microbial electrosynthesis MES see Rabaey and Rozendal for a review as well as other hybrid systems collectively called electrobiofuelsand on synthetic cell factories living factories and synthetic cell organelles, have a potential to fourth generation biofuels even higher PFCEs.

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Second generation biofuels—sourced from biomass not competing with food production These biofuels rely on using the biomass that is not suitable to be used as fourth generation biofuels.

Scientific breakthroughs are expected in developing and exploiting both the new genome-based breeding systems and the biomass processing techniques towards production of second generation sustainable biofuels.


It is important from societal and environmental viewpoints to keep investigating and improving the sustainability of these technologies. Second generation biofuels include i plants that are fourth generation biofuels specifically grown for bioenergy production bioenergy crops on marginal lands, i.

Bioenergy crops grown on marginal lands There is a need to tailor plants and trees, using new fourth generation biofuels breeding techniques, for production of sugars, carbohydrates and oils that are more easily processed into biofuels than the natural ones, thus greatly contributing towards sustainable biofuel production.

Acceptance of the new breeding techniques EPSO is pivotal not only for food security but also for creating new plant varieties for bioenergy crops on marginal lands and for making the inedible parts of food-crop plants more suitable for biorefinery purposes and energy production.

New breeding techniques include transgenesis GMfourth generation biofuels, intragenesis, targeted mutagenesis, other transient introduction of recombinant DNA, as well as gene silencing and reverse breeding.

Likewise, the epigenetic controls, gene variants and signals discovered will provide a new basis for sustainable productivity of bioenergy crops in marginal fourth generation biofuels areas and will produce plants to better tolerate changing climate conditions.

Discovery of potential new breeding targets, on the other hand, is strongly connected to basic plant research at molecular level and on development of systems biology models to understand the function of plants.

Breeding targeted for production of suitable biofuel precursors in planta was already mentioned fourth generation biofuels. Other important traits include the following: This concerns both the optimising of the light-capturing antenna size and the electron transduction efficiency to maximally sustain the CO2 fixation capacity Maurino and Weber