Biofuels Costs

The two most often asked questions with respect to biofuels revolve around their costs as compared to fossil fuels, and their impact on food. The cost of biofuels varies greatly depending on a number of factors.  Given that the majority of biofuels’ production costs are dependent on the price of the feedstock used to make…

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Food v. Fuel

The “food v. fuel” argument revolves around whether using farmland or crops for biofuels production is a detriment to food supply and causes a rise in food prices. This debate has been around since the beginning of biofuels and involves strong views on both sides. While this debate seems to have quieted in recent years…

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Ethanol in the U.S.

This is a PowerPoint by Lee Enterprises Expert, Dr. Doug Rivers, about the past, present and future of ethanol in the U.S.  It discusses the history of ethanol, feedstocks currently used to produce ethanol, and the byproducts, as well as new ethanol developments.

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Feedstocks 2020

Feedstocks 2020? There are many grasses, woody materials, and agricultural wastes that are emerging as feedstocks for transportation fuels.  Grasses like miscanthus and switchgrass, agricultural wastes like wheat straw, rice straw, and corn stover, and lumber wastes that are currently being thrown away, burned or put into our landfills, are now becoming reused as the “circular…

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