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Alternative Fuels


Triple biofuels dispenser at Baca Street Biofuels Stations
Photo courtesy of Charles Bensinger and Renewable Energy Partners of New Mexico. (NREL PIX Number 13531)

Alternative fuels for transportation, as defined by the Energy Policy Act of 1992, include biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, hydrogen, methanol, natural gas, and propane. These energy sources and technologies generally release less pollution and harmful emissions than traditional sources like petroleum and many of them can be produced domestically, reducing our dependence on foreign sources. See the resources below for further information.


Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center

The Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center is a vast collection of information on alternative fuels and the vehicles that use them. Use the alternative fuel pages to learn more about the fuels, their benefits, and how they can be used in personal and fleet vehicles.

Biodiesel Now

The site contains a brief introduction to biodiesel, as well as a listing of advantages and disadvantages.

Fuel Cells 2000

Fuel Cells 2000 is an activity of the Breakthrough Technologies Institute (BTI), a nonprofit educational organization formed to promote the development and early commercialization of fuel cells and related pollution-free, efficient energy generation, storage and utilization technologies and fuels. This site provides information on fuel cell basics, emerging technologies and related projects around the world.

Matter Network

Matter Network is a media complex dedicated to creating, collecting, and organizing news and information about the clean technology and sustainability revolutions. The site covers many topics, including energy, the environment, green buildings, green gadgets, investing, transportation, and urban planning.

National Biodiesel Board (NBB)

Founded in 1992 by state soybean commodity groups, the NBB is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry and the active coordinating body for research and development in the United States. The mission of the NBB is to increase the demand for commercially produced biodiesel in the U.S. through education, communication, and quality assurance programs, and to serve as the national coordinating entity and clearinghouse of information. Their site offers a wide variety of information including updates on biodiesel tax incentives, handling and use guidelines, explanations of how biodiesel is produced and advantages of using this renewable, cleaner burning diesel fuel.

National Biodiesel Board: A National Listing of Biodiesel Distributor Locations

Brought to you by the National Biodiesel Board, this link will bring you to an active map of the United States where you find the Biodiesel Distributor nearest you.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

NREL is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL was established in 1974 and in September 1991, was designated a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This organizationís website is a good source of free published research on alternative fuels.


The site offers a well-designed database with the ability to locate the nearest clean fuel station and retrieve information on alternative fuels.

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