An economic assessment of potential ethanol production pathways in Ireland
|Title:||An economic assessment of potential ethanol production pathways in Ireland||Authors:||Deverell, Rory
|Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6066||Date:||Oct-2009||Abstract:||An economic assessment was conducted on five biomass-to-ethanol production pathways utilising the feedstock: wheat, triticale, sugarbeet, miscanthus and straw. The analysis includes the costs and margins for all the stakeholders along the economic chain. This analysis reveals that under current market situations in Ireland, the production of ethanol under the same tax regime as petrol makes it difficult to compete against that fuel, with tax breaks, however, it can compete against petrol. On the other hand, even under favourable tax breaks it will be difficult for indigenously produced ethanol to compete against cheaper sources of imported ethanol. Therefore, the current transport fuel market has no economic reason to consume indigenously produced ethanol made from the indigenously grown feedstock analysed at a price that reflects all the stakeholders’ costs. To deliver a significant penetration of indigenous ethanol into the market would require some form of compulsory inclusion or else considerable financial supports to feedstock and ethanol producers.||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Elsevier||Journal:||Energy Policy||Volume:||37||Issue:||10||Start page:||3993||End page:||4002||Copyright (published version):||2009 Elsevier||Keywords:||Ethanol; Economics; Lignocellulose||DOI:||10.1016/j.enpol.2009.05.008||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
|Appears in Collections:||Biosystems and Food Engineering Research Collection|
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