Making Ethanol? Grow Black Locust – #365papers – 2017 – 113

#365papers for April 23, 2017

Gonzalez-Garcia, Moreira, Feijoo, and Murphy, 2012, Comparative life cycle assessment of ethanol production from fast-growing wood crops (black locust, eucalyptus and poplar): Biomass & Bioenergy, v. 39, p. 378-388.

What’s it about?

Fast growing wood is a potential source for sugars that can be fermented to alcohols. This paper discusses three of the most commonly grown woods and their relative ‘goodness’ for use as a source for ethanol.

Why does it matter?

By carefully selecting the best wood to grow, we can maximize the output of ethanol and generate the most ethanol possible.

Why did I read this?

In the continuing legacy of my ethanol jag, I was thinking about crops that could be grown on our own property to be used for ethanol production. Looks like black locust is the way to go!

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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