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Seeking to Understand the Reasons for Different Energy Return on Investment (EROI) Estimates for Biofuels

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  • Charles A.S. Hall

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    (College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York, Syracuse, New York, NY 13210, USA)

  • Bruce E. Dale

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    (Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA)

  • David Pimentel

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    (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA)

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    Abstract

    The authors of this paper have been involved in contentious discussion of the EROI of biomass-based ethanol. This contention has undermined, in the minds of some, the utility of EROI for assessing fuels. This paper seeks to understand the reasons for the divergent results.

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    Article provided by MDPI, Open Access Journal in its journal Sustainability.

    Volume (Year): 3 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 12 (December)
    Pages: 2413-2432

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:3:y:2011:i:12:p:2413-2432:d:15198

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    Keywords: Ethanol; EROI; corn-based; cellulosic;

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    1. Philip F. Henshaw & Carey King & Jay Zarnikau, 2011. "System Energy Assessment (SEA), Defining a Standard Measure of EROI for Energy Businesses as Whole Systems," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(10), pages 1908-1943, October.
    2. Szklo, Alexandre & Schaeffer, Roberto, 2007. "Fuel specification, energy consumption and CO2 emission in oil refineries," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 32(7), pages 1075-1092.
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    1. Lambert, Jessica G. & Hall, Charles A.S. & Balogh, Stephen & Gupta, Ajay & Arnold, Michelle, 2014. "Energy, EROI and quality of life," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 64(C), pages 153-167.
    2. Hall, Charles A.S. & Lambert, Jessica G. & Balogh, Stephen B., 2014. "EROI of different fuels and the implications for society," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 64(C), pages 141-152.

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