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Consumptive Water Use in Liquid Fuel Production : Select Analyses, Hardback Book

Consumptive Water Use in Liquid Fuel Production : Select Analyses Hardback


The production of energy feedstocks and fuels requires substantial water input.

Not only do biofuel feedstocks like corn, switchgrass, and agricultural residues need water for growth and conversion to ethanol, but petroleum feedstocks like crude oil and oil sands also require large volumes of water for drilling, extraction, and conversion into petroleum products.

Moreover, in many cases, crude oil production is increasingly water dependent.

Competing uses strain available water resources and raise the spectre of resource depletion and environmental degradation.

Water management has become a key feature of existing projects and a potential issue in new ones.

This book examines the growing issue of water use in energy production by characterising current consumptive water use in liquid fuel production.

As used throughout this book, "consumptive water use" is the sum total of water input less water output that is recycled and reused for the process.

The estimate applies to surface and groundwater sources for irrigation but does not include precipitation.

Water requirements are evaluated for five fuel pathways: bioethanol from corn, ethanol from cellulosic feedstocks, gasoline from Canadian oil sands, Saudi Arabian crude, and U.S. conventional crude from onshore wells. Regional variations and historic trends are noted, as are opportunities to reduce water use.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Nova Science Publishers Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Energy technology & engineering
  • ISBN: 9781628089387