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The Way I Figure it...

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.
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Ethanol Demand to Exceed 27 million gallons by 2012

Vehicles / Cars : Automotive.com Blog (6 years ago)

The world seems to be embracing biofuels like ethanol. According to a report from the Global Industry Analysts, the world is forecast to produce 27.7 billion gallons of ethanol by 2012. Read Post

Robert Glennon: Ethanol and Water

News : Huffington Post (6 years ago)

In the case of corn, it takes 2,500 gallons of water to grow enough corn to produce 1 gallon of ethanol. That's right, 2,500 gallons. ... Read Post

Water Impact of Second Generation Biofuels Is Largely Unknown, Requires More Research: Government Accounting Office

Lifestyle / Green Living : TreeHugger (5 years ago)

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


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