Bio Fuel

Study: Biodiesel Costs 50 Gallons of Water per Mile

Study: Biodiesel Costs 50 Gallons of Water per Mile

Biodiesel has taken a bit of a hit from a study recently published in Environmental Science & Technology magazine. The study looks at the amount of water required to produce enough corn to create sufficient ethanol to propel a diesel vehicle one mile. The result was an average of 50 gallons of water per mile.

The study accounted for not only the water necessary for growing the corn but also the water resources that would be impacted by the agriculture or, as the study calls it, the water footprint.

The National Biodiesel Board responded to the study stating that biodiesel production methods differ and crops are not farmed solely for the use of biodiesel and that in 2008 the entire U.S. biodiesel industry used less water in processing biofuel than was used in the irrigation of two Sun Belt golf courses.

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Bio Fuel

More in Bio Fuel

Algae Biofuel

Shell Ends Algae Biofuel Research

JakeFebruary 2, 2011
algae biofuel

DOE Invests $24 Million into Algae Biofuel

JakeJune 29, 2010
cash for clunker

Cash for Clunkers Eligible Vehicles List

SarahJuly 28, 2009
Parajet SkyCar

ParaJet SkyCar Price Set, Orders Accepted

JakeJuly 18, 2009
electric minivan usps

USPS Gets 1400 Fuel Efficient Vehicles

SarahJuly 14, 2009
Ford Escape Hybrid Taxi

San Francisco Happy with Ford Escape Hybrid Taxis

LauraApril 1, 2009
Biofuel

Virent Energy’s Green Gasoline from Sugar

JakeMarch 20, 2009
B20 Biodiesel

Biodiesel Not the Cause of School Buses Stalling

JakeJanuary 27, 2009
Palm Oil Plantation for Biofuel

The Environmental Cost of Biofuel

JakeJanuary 26, 2009