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Top 10 most-read articles on Bioenergy International 2023

Top 10 most-read articles on Bioenergy International 2023
A Model T Ford in the village of Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork, Ireland commemorates Henry Ford's family who had emigrated from this Irish village to Dearborn, Michigan in the United States (US). A keen advocate of fuel ethanol and biocomposites, Henry Ford had "put the world on wheels" by the time of his death in 1947.

Starting 2024 is a ranking of the Top 10 most-read articles on the Bioenergy International website during 2023.

“Mobility” would seem to be an underlying theme of nine of the Top 10 most-read articles on Bioenergy International 2023 – biofuels, advanced biofuels, electro-fuels (eFuels), power-to-X, hydrogen, etc. Depending on how you interpret the results, it can be narrowed down to internal combustion engine (ICE) mobility.

While the article ranked at no. 7 covers all forms of bioenergy, the exception comes in at no. 9 as it is on an entirely different subject matter (biocomposites).

One could argue though that vehicle OEMs use (bio)composite materials and that residuals from biofuel production can be used to produce biocomposite materials in true “biorefinery” fashion or vice versa for instance pulp and paper production.

Indeed, inventor and automaker Henry Ford, widely considered the father of mass mobility (and mass production), was a keen advocate of fuel ethanol and biocomposites as was his contemporary, botanist and plant scientist George Washington Carver.

Both Ford and Carver believed that agricultural products could be put to new uses to create products and industries, a bioeconomy, and in 1942, Ford showcased an ethanol-powered car with a soybean-derived biocomposite body.

The apparent online reader interest in fuels for ICE mobility may be a continued reflection of post-COVID travel, and pain at the pump, or simply looking to learn more about the available here-and-now alternatives to defossilizing the existing ICE-powered road transportation and shipping fleets along with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Whatever the reasons, renewable fuels for transportation dominated Bioenergy International’s Top 10 most-read articles during 2023.

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