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Sustainability 2011, 3(12), 2413-2432; doi:10.3390/su3122413

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

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1 College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York, Syracuse, New York, NY 13210, USA 2 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA 3 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
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Received: 5 July 2011 / Revised: 17 November 2011 / Accepted: 24 November 2011 / Published: 13 December 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Studies in EROI (Energy Return on Investment))
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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.
Keywords: Ethanol; EROI; corn-based; cellulosic Ethanol; EROI; corn-based; cellulosic
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Hall, C.A.; Dale, B.E.; Pimentel, D. Seeking to Understand the Reasons for Different Energy Return on Investment (EROI) Estimates for Biofuels. Sustainability 2011, 3, 2413-2432.

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