Critics fault plant biomass-based motor fuels

David Pimentel*, Tadeusz W. Patzek

*Corresponding author for this work

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Two researchers analyzed ethanol from corn, switchgrass, or wood biomass. They calculated that making biodiesel from soybean oil requires 27% more fossil energy than fuel produces, and from sunflower oil - 118% more.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5
Number of pages1
JournalIndustrial Bioprocessing
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy (miscellaneous)


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