Synopses & Reviews
Biofuels for Road Transport: A Seed to Wheel Perspective provides a review of the history, the current status and perspectives for biofuels used in road transport, across the full 'seed-to-wheel' life cycle of these fuels. Successive chapters cover the history of biofuels; the first- and second-generation liquid fuels and biofuels for powering electric vehicles; fossil fuel replacement, land requirement, greenhouse gas balances and environmental burdens of ethanol, esters derived from fatty acids ('biodiesel'), Fischer-Tropsch diesel and HTU diesel; competing technologies (fossil fuels, increases in energy-efficiency and photovoltaic power) and how they compare to biofuels; and the perspectives for biofuels. Cost, availability, technological development, competition with biomass for food and for soil organic carbon and environmental perspectives are also discussed. Biofuels for Road Transport: A Seed to Wheel Perspective is a valuable reference for professional engineers, researchers and postgraduate students involved in biofuels, renewable energy (including bioenergy) and the automotive industry.
"Biofuels for Road Transport: A Seed to Wheel Perspective" reviews the history, the current status and perspectives for biofuels used in road transport. The topic is approached from a 'seed-to-wheel' perspective covering the full life cycle of the biofuel.
Table of Contents
Transport Biofuels: Their Characteristics, Production and Costs Energy Balance: Cumulative Fossil Fuel Demand and Solar Energy Conversion Efficiency of Transport Biofuels Non-energy Natural Resources Demand Climate Effects and Non-greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with Transport Biofuel Life Cycles The Impact of Expanded Biofuel Production on Living Nature Frequently Asked Quesitons in the Transport Biofuel Debate