Mallee Aviation Biofuels Life Cycle Assessment

Crossin, E 2014, Mallee Aviation Biofuels Life Cycle Assessment, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia


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Title of report Mallee Aviation Biofuels Life Cycle Assessment
Author(s) Crossin, E
Year of publication 2014
Publisher RMIT University
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Subjects Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering
Abstract/Summary Environmental and economic pressures have led to the development of alternative, biomass based fuel production systems. One of these potential pathways is to produce liquid fuels from mallee eucalpyt biomass. This study uses life cycle assessment to quantify and compare the greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel depletion impacts of a theoretical mallee jet fuel value chain, operating in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, with those of fossil-based jet fuel. Relative to fossil-based jet fuel, the mallee jet fuel was found to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% and result in a net fossil fuel depletion benefit. This research adds to the body of knowledge relating to the environmental performance of alternative fuel systems and is the first study looking at the mallee eucalpyt jet fuel system in its entirety.
Commissioning body Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre
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