Wednesday, January 24, 2007

MIT ethanol analysis confirms benefits of biofuels including ethanol

This latest ethanol life cycle analysis of ethanol is by an MIT graduate student. It looks at ethanol from corn kernels, corn fodder, and switchgrass. The good thing about this attempt is that she looks at a range of variables and comes up with probabilities for various outcomes. This approach is necessary because of the many uncertain variables in these calculations. -- Jeffrey
MIT ethanol analysis confirms benefits of biofuels - MIT News Office: "Regardless of the energy balance, replacing gasoline with corn-based ethanol does significantly reduce oil consumption because the biomass production and conversion process requires little petroleum. And further MIT analyses show that making ethanol from cellulosic sources such as switchgrass has far greater potential to reduce fossil energy use and greenhouse gas emissions."

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