Gunawan Jusuf Discusses the Benefits of Ethanol
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

Gunawan Jusuf Discusses the Benefits of Ethanol

Gunawan Jusuf Discusses the Benefits of Ethanol

24
Gunawan Jusuf Discusses the Benefits of Ethanol


Many companies, countries, professors, and others are pursuing sustainable energy. By tapping into renewable energy sources, it may be possible to preserve resources for future generations while stabilizing utility prices. Among the most promising renewable energy solutions is ethanol, a fuel derived from corn and other plants.


“Ethanol has been around for quite some time, but there are still a lot of misconceptions,” says Gunawan Jusuf. “Perhaps most importantly, many folks believe that ethanol doesn’t offer any environmental benefits, but that’s false. Early ethanol technologies were perhaps inefficient, but the tech has come a long way.”


What’s the source of confusion? Purely as a fuel, ethanol is typically a bit less efficient than gasoline in terms of miles per gallon. However, it’s important to remember that ethanol can be produced with fewer negative environmental drawbacks. From an environmental perspective, the benefits outweigh the slightly lower MPG.


Whereas gasoline produces a lot of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, ethanol production is relatively clean and captures carbon during the production process. This is because plants must be grown to produce ethanol, and those plants capture carbon dioxide as they grow.


Gunawan Jusuf Discusses Energy Security

The environment should never be overlooked, especially concerning energy. That said, as important as the environment is, it’s not the only factor. Energy security is also crucial.


“Energy security is essential, and countries that grow a lot of corn or other crops that can produce ethanol, like the United States, can increase energy security by using ethanol,” says Gunawan Jusuf. “While the United States has considerable oil deposits, those deposits will run out. Meanwhile, corn is renewable.”


Corn is plentiful in the United States and relatively easy to grow. Further, corn isn’t the only crop that can be used to create ethanol. Sugar cane and some other crops can also be used. Even if corn production should be disrupted, there are already available alternatives. By using ethanol, countries may be able to increase energy security.

When energy prices rise, it can put a lot of pressure on families. Further, energy prices can be affected by geopolitics, environmental disasters, and various other things. Ethanol helps countries diversify their energy supplies, making them more resistant to price swings.


Meanwhile, ethanol also creates jobs and can help grow the economy. It’s estimated that ethanol produces more than 50,000 jobs across the United States alone. Many high-paying jobs involve research and development, skilled trades, and the like. Much of the money is directed to farmers and small businesses in terms of economic impact.


“Panaceas don’t exist,” notes Gunawan Jusuf, “but as far as energy is concerned, ethanol is, in some ways, a sort of cure-all, providing a range of important benefits across the board.”


Whether talking economics, politics, or sustainability, ethanol can pay off. It should be no surprise that proactive countries strive to develop their ethanol sectors.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

50432
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee
nappy.co

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

122231
college students waiting in a long line in the hallway
StableDiffusion

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments