An economic assessment of potential ethanol production pathways in Ireland

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Title: An economic assessment of potential ethanol production pathways in Ireland
Authors: Deverell, Rory
McDonnell, Kevin
Ward, Shane
Devlin, Ger
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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: EthanolEconomicsLignocellulose
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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