Bio-combustibles (or Biofuels) are solid, liquid or gaseous combustibles, which derive from biomasses. They are a great instrument to reduce greenhouse gas and have a great energetic power, being in that way an ecological alternative to fossil fuels. This new way of producing energy is nowadays spread all over the world from Asia to America and have a great flourishing market in Europe. Biomass fuels are the ancient way to produce energy, heating and cooking. The discovery of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and propane gas lowered drastically the use of biofuels.

Eco-combustibles are very different from fossil fuels: first, they are a renewable and ecological energy, they do not produce greenhouse gases; moreover, they regenerate every season unlike fossils, which require thousands of years to recreate themselves.

We can divide biofuels in four generations

  • First generation biofuels came from starches, sugars and animal and vegetable oils
  • Second generation biofuels derive from agricultural and agro-industrial waste material such as almond, nutshells, fruit and olive kernels.
  • Third generation biofuels consist in seaweeds
  • The fourth generation biofuels derive from micro-organisms
To sum up, biofuels are ecological and renewable. They are capable of reducing our addiction to non-renewable energies. Unlike the production and extraction of fossil fuels, biofuels production is extremely cheaper and planet caring.


22 January 2015