A study by three California researchers finds that an acre planted with corn for ethanol will provide far fewer miles of transportation fuel as the same acre growing trees or switchgrass, which are then burned in power plants that provide the power to charge the batteries of electric cars, according to a report by The New York Times (www.nytimes.com).
The study also found that cellulosic technology would not be as efficient a use of biomass as burning it in a power plant.
The researchers highlighted their findings in a paper published in the current issue of Science magazine. Based on their findings, The New York Times reports the researchers estimated that a small battery-powered S.U.V. would go nearly 14,000 miles on the highway on the energy from an acre of switchgrass burned to make electricity, compared to about 9,000 miles on ethanol.
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