The Ethanol Papers - Paperturn manuscript - Flipbook - Page 137
In short, if you were choosing up sides to compete in a national residue-making
competition, you would be better to select gasoline or petroleum oil for your
team. But if you were choosing teammates for a national clean-up competition,
you'd be better off picking ethanol.
How much more residue does gasoline or a gasoline-oil combination create as
compared to ethanol? Watch this video from 2009 to find out:
Click image to play video
Now, imagine that the glass jars shown in the video are the insides of an internal
combustion engine. Imagine, if instead of burning just fuel-soaked wicks for a
few seconds, you were to burn the fuel-soaked wicks for an hour or two every
day for a week, a month, a year. Based on the results of the video, could you
imagine that the residue and deposits from the gasoline and gasoline-oil fuels
would be caked on? Would the residue be a half-inch deep? Would it be 1 inch
deep? More than 1 inch?
Would the caked-on residue affect the functionality of an engine's pistons?
Would the solid caked-on bits break off and affect the functionality of other parts
of the engine? Of course, it would. This is one of the reasons why engines fail