Lifecycle Analysis of Next Generation Biofuels

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Advanced Vehicles and Fuels

TSRC is working with UC Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) to examine the fuel-cycle environmental and health impacts of potential increases in the use of cellulosic biofuels based on fast-growing non-food crops such as miscanthus grass. Along with researchers from CEE, ERG, and the Berkeley Lab and analysts from EBI, TSRC researchers are examining the biofuel production process (i.e., the “biorefinery”) including energy balance and emissions and material input/output analysis. TSRC is also assisting in the analysis of other parts of the complete crop-to-vehicle fuel production and use cycle.

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