Biofuels: the good, the bad, the ugly–and the unwise policy

Wenzel, Henrik
June 2009
Clean Technologies & Environmental Policy;Jun2009, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p143
Academic Journal
This article discusses the increasing interest of many countries in biofuels. It highlights the promotion of the conversion of biomass to the liquid biofuels of bio-diesel and bioethanol. It explores the issue of competition for the biomass and the need to prioritize it. The article also references various studies that provide different conclusions on advantages and disadvantages of biofuels. It cites a study which compared the calorific value of total fossil fuels used to produce the biofuel with the calorific value of the biofuel.


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