Biomass-based pathways not as efficient as PV electricity, says study

April 1, 2013 |

In California, “sun-to-wheels” conversion processes that derive electricity or ethanol from corn or switchgrass did not perform as well as photovoltaic electricity for BEVs in a UC Santa Barbara and the Norweigan University of Science and Technology study. The study suggested that even the most land-use efficient biomass-based pathway requires 29 times more land than the PV-based alternative, and that PV PEV systems have the lowest life cycle GHG emissions in the US.

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