Innovation drives biofuel industry investments in Tampa Bay region

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Renewable energy industry thought leaders in the Tampa Bay region and beyond are enthusiastic about developing biofuels because doing so represents a relatively affordable, accessible solution toward cleaner and potentially cheaper domestic energy.

Biofuels derive from biomass — living plants and animal byproducts that can be readily replaced. While some methods of biofuel production burn this organic matter to derive chemical energy from photosynthesized solar radiation, biomass can be converted into an array of gaseous and flammable liquid products that are classified as biofuels.

In comparison, the traditional production of fossil fuels, such as crude oil and coal, relies on tapping a dwindling supply of ancient organic matter that has been geologically transformed over millions of years.