News Column

New Energy Research Study Findings Have Been Reported by H. Eggert and Colleagues (Promoting Second Generation Biofuels: Does the First Generation...

September 10, 2014



New Energy Research Study Findings Have Been Reported by H. Eggert and Colleagues (Promoting Second Generation Biofuels: Does the First Generation Pave the Road?)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Research findings on Energy Research are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting out of Oslo, Norway, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "The U.S., Brazil and a number of European and other countries worldwide have introduced various support schemes for bioethanol and biodiesel. The advantage of these biofuels is that they are relatively easily integrated with the current fossil fuel-based transport sector, at least up to a certain point."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research, "However, recent studies point to various negative effects of expanding the production of first generation (1G) biofuels further. 1G biofuels' problems can be overcome by a transition to second generation (2G) biofuels. So far, 2G biofuels are much more costly to produce. We therefore ask: to what extent is targeted support to 2G biofuels likely to bring costs down? Additionally, are current support schemes for biofuels well designed in order to promote the development of 2G biofuels? We find that the prospects for cost reduction look better for 2G bioethanol than for 2G biodiesel. Bioethanol made from cellulose is far from a ripe technology, with several cost-reducing opportunities yet to be developed. Hence, targeted support to cellulosic ethanol might induce a switch from 1G to 2G biofuels. However, we find little evidence that production and use of 1G bioethanol will bridge the conversion to 2G bioethanol."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Hence, to the extent that private investment in the development of 2G bioethanol is too low, current support schemes for 1G biofuels may block 2G bioethanol instead of promoting it."

For more information on this research see: Promoting Second Generation Biofuels: Does the First Generation Pave the Road? Energies, 2014;7(7):4430-4445. Energies can be contacted at: Mdpi Ag, Postfach, Ch-4005 Basel, Switzerland (see also Energy Research).

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting H. Eggert, Res Dept. of Stat Norway, N-0033 Oslo, Norway.

Keywords for this news article include: Oslo, Norway, Europe, Bio Ethanol, Biodiesel, Bioengineering, Biofuel, Biotechnology, Energy, Energy Research, Oil and Gas

Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world. Copyright 2014, NewsRx LLC


For more stories covering the world of technology, please see HispanicBusiness' Tech Channel



Source: Biotech Week


Story Tools






HispanicBusiness.com Facebook Linkedin Twitter RSS Feed Email Alerts & Newsletters