Title

Analysis and Solutions to the Fossil Fuel Dilemma Within the Construction Industry

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

16-5-2021

End Date

22-5-2021

Abstract

As the population continues to grow at an almost exponential rate, the demand for more infrastructure will increase at a substantial rate as well, with full responsibility landing on the construction industry. With the rapid increase in construction activity to compensate for the growing population, the use of heavy equipment and transportation vehicles will also increase. This analysis will investigate the modern, daily use of fossil fuels, the ultimate downfall of fossil fuel dependency, and future solutions to the fossil fuel dilemma within the construction industry. The industry accounts for a significant portion of emissions and fossil fuel depletion due to the inefficient fuel consumption of heavy equipment and transportation vehicles. Furthermore, the construction industry is dependent on engines powered by fossil fuels and with the inevitable conclusion to the fossil fuel dilemma, we are left wondering, how will we power such massive machines using alternative resources? To this end, this research paper will look extensively into a promising alternative fuel source. Additionally, data collected through experts will be used to decide if a potential solution can be applied in the construction industry.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Hongtao Dang

Department/Program

Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction

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Analysis and Solutions to the Fossil Fuel Dilemma Within the Construction Industry

Ellensburg

As the population continues to grow at an almost exponential rate, the demand for more infrastructure will increase at a substantial rate as well, with full responsibility landing on the construction industry. With the rapid increase in construction activity to compensate for the growing population, the use of heavy equipment and transportation vehicles will also increase. This analysis will investigate the modern, daily use of fossil fuels, the ultimate downfall of fossil fuel dependency, and future solutions to the fossil fuel dilemma within the construction industry. The industry accounts for a significant portion of emissions and fossil fuel depletion due to the inefficient fuel consumption of heavy equipment and transportation vehicles. Furthermore, the construction industry is dependent on engines powered by fossil fuels and with the inevitable conclusion to the fossil fuel dilemma, we are left wondering, how will we power such massive machines using alternative resources? To this end, this research paper will look extensively into a promising alternative fuel source. Additionally, data collected through experts will be used to decide if a potential solution can be applied in the construction industry.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2021/CEPS/19