Faculty Advisor

Thompson, Robert W.

Abstract

The goal of this project was to explore the ethanol industry in the U.S. In this report we detail the energy balance of producing ethanol; the impact ethanol can have on the economy as a substitute for gasoline, as well as ethanol's environmental impacts. This report shows that although the net energy balance of producing ethanol is positive, the industry would not survive without huge government subsidies.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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