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Sustainability of jatropha cultivation for biodiesel fuels
by Pati, Paramjeet, M.S., Michigan State University, 2010, 113; 1487163
Abstract (Summary)

The depletion of fossil fuel reserves and increases in oil prices have resulted in the quest for the ideal biofuel feedstock. With corn-based ethanol contributing to increased food prices, non-edible vegetable oil-seed plants (e.g., jatropha) and second-generation alternatives (e.g., switchgrass and algae) are being explored as potential feedstocks for biofuels. Biofuels provide a renewable alternative to fossil fuels and have several potential benefits; environmental as well as societal. However, there are concerns about the long-term sustainability of biofuels. This thesis discusses some of the major concerns about the lifecycle behaviour and the water footprint of jatropha-based biodiesel, while also addressing the socio-economic impacts, the ethical issues and the overall sustainability of biofuels in general.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Masten, Susan
School: Michigan State University
School Location: United States -- Michigan
Source: MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Alternative Energy, Sustainability, Environmental engineering
Publication Number: 1487163
ISBN: 978-1-124-33368-7
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