EGEE 439
Alternative Fuels from Biomass Sources

11.6 Summary and Final Tasks

Summary

The economics of biofuels depends on the overall economic health of the country as well as what is going on in the fuel industry for fossil fuels. Biofuels have come a long way in becoming a part of US industry, but issues with gasoline and diesel prices, as well as government involvement, will continue to dictate the use of biofuels.

Are you beginning to grasp the complexity of the issues surrounding how the biofuel production industry will survive going forward? If it reduces the carbon footprint, isn’t it worthwhile to continue to support biofuel production?

References

Vanek, F., Albright, L., and Angenent, L., “Energy Systems Engineering: Evaluation and Implementation”, Second Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2012.

Pryor, Scott; Li, Yebo; Liao, Wei; Hodge, David; “Sugar-based and Starch-based Ethanol,” BEEMS Module B5, USDA Higher Education Challenger Program, 2009-38411-19761, 2009.

Xiaodong Du and Lihong Lu McPhail, "Inside the Black Box: The Price Linkage and Transmission Between Energy and Agricultural Markets," Energy Journal, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2012, pp. 171-194.

Nasib Qureshi, Adriano Pinto Mariano, Vijay Singh, Thaddeus Chukwuemeka Ezeji, “Biomass to Butanol,” BEEMS Module B6, USDA Higher Education Challenger Program, 2009-38411-19761, 2009.

Haas, M.J., McAloon, A.J., Yee, W.C., Foglia, T.A., “A process model to estimate biodiesel production costs,” Bioresource Technology, 97, 671-678, 2006.

Duncan, J., “Costs of biodiesel production,” Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority Report, 2003.

Chisti, Y., “Biodiesel from microalgae: A research review,” Biotechnology Advances, 25, 294-306, 2007.

Davis, R., et al., “Renewable diesel from algal lipids: An integrated baseline for costs, cost, emission and resource potential from a harmonized model,” Technical Report, prepared for US DOE Energy Biomass Program, ANL/ESD/12; NREL/TP-5100; PNNL-21437, June 2012.

Richardson, J.W., Outlaw, J.L, and Allison, M., “The economics of microalgae,” AgBioForum, 13 (2), 119-130, 2010.

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