Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Campus Units

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2015

Journal or Book Title

Biofuels - Status and Perspective

First Page

81

Last Page

98

Research Focus Area(s)

Biological and Process Engineering and Technology

DOI

10.5772/59951

Abstract

We face many challenges in our society, due especially to growing population pressures and increased economic mobility. These can result in increased demands for food, clothing, housing, and consumer goods. Additionally, there has been a growing need for energy during the last several decades, which historically has been met primarily by use of fossil fuels. In the U.S., transportation fuels generally account for about 1/3 of all energy consumed. Of this, about 90% comes from fossil sources. Between 1/2 and 2/3 of the total U.S. demand for petroleum has been met by imports during the last 30 years [1]. Many argue that this scenario is not sustainable in the long run, and other energy alternatives are needed. During 2005-2010, the U.S. experienced some of the highest growth rates ever seen in the domestic biofuels industry.

Comments

This book chapter is from Biofuels - Status and Perspective, edited by Krzysztof Biernat (Rijeka, Croatia: InTech Open Access, 2015). Posted with permission.

Rights

This chapter is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Copyright Owner

The Author

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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