Ethanol production using corn, switchgrass and wood; Biodiesel production using soybean

David Pimentel*, Tad Patzek

*Corresponding author for this work

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43 Scopus citations


In this analysis, the most recent scientific data for corn, switchgrass, and wood, for fermentation/distillation were used. All current fossil energy inputs used in corn production and for the fermentation/distillation were included to determine the entire energy cost of ethanol production. Additional costs to consumers include federal and state subsidies, plus costs associated with environmental pollution and/or degradation that occur during the entire production process. In addition, an investigation was made concerning the conversion of soybeans into biodiesel fuel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiofuels, Solar and Wind as Renewable Energy Systems
Subtitle of host publicationBenefits and Risks
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781402086533
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Energy
  • biodiesel
  • biomass
  • ethanol
  • fuel
  • natural resources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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