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Year of publication2009
Author(s)Jose C. Escobar
Co-authorsElecto S. Lora, Osvaldo J. Venturini, Edgar E. Yanez, Edgar F. Castillo, Oscar Almazan
PriceUS $ 31.50
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Besides assessing the causes of the rise in the demand and production of biofuels, this paper also shows the state of the art of their world's current production. It is also discussed different vegetable raw materials sources and technological paths to produce biofuels, as well as issues regarding production cost and the relation of their economic feasibility with oil international prices. The environmental impacts of programs that encourage biofuel production, farmland land requirements and the impacts on food production are also discussed, considering the life cycle analysis (LCA) as a tool.