Volume 86 Issue 13 | p. 4 | Letters
Issue Date: March 31, 2008

Crops For Bioenergy

Department: Letters

THE ARTICLE "Cellulosic Ethanol Deemed Feasible" observed that "the switchgrass grown as a bioenergy crop produced 540% more renewable energy than the nonrenewable energy needed to produce it and convert it to ethanol" (C&EN, Jan. 21, page 45). This suggests that the point has been reached where nonrenewable (fossil) energy is no longer needed. Rather, it implies that the biofuels themselves provide the required production and processing energy. Doing this would also eliminate the frequent reiteration of a comparison of biofuel energy produced per unit of fossil fuel energy required: The latter would be zero.

Rane L. Curl
Ann Arbor, Mich.

 
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