Much has been argued about the water budget for ethanol production. The industry argues that it's not that bad - a mere 3 to 4 gallons of water for every gallon of ethanol. Well, like everything else, it depends on what you account for. The way I figure it... Corn in our area (Northwest Kansas) will take an average of 150 AF of water to grow an average of 225 bushels on a 120 acre circle - a very typical arrangement - here.
Biofuel production capacity has increased from 437 million gallons in 2011 to more than 685 million gallons in 2012, according to a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). By 2015, the industry has the potential to produce... Read Post
The GAO says it requires 7-321 gallons of water per gallon of corn ethanol, but when it comes to second generation biofuels, we have very little good data. Photo: Don O'Brian via flickr By this point the water intensity of using fir... Read Post