When many think about corn ethanol they may think a clean, renewable energy source. Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the W.E. Lay Automotive Laboratory, André Boehman, is diving deeper into this thought as boosting the use of this resource may not be the best idea.
“The government has determined that corn ethanol is much less effective than other biofuels at reducing carbon emissions, producing only 1.5 to 2.1 units of energy for every unit used to produce it. This is much less efficient than biodiesel made from soybean oil, which produces 5.5 units of renewable energy for every unit consumed in production,” writes Professor Boehman in his article for THE CONVERSATION.
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