Thursday, January 15, 2015

Argonne releases new version of "WATER," related to water requirements for biofuels production

There is recently some discussion of a new version of "Water Assessment for Transportation Energy Resources"
(aka: WATER), an online tool created by the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory to help biofuels developers gain a detailed understanding of water consumption.

One of the references is
"Considering water availability and wastewater resources in the development of algal bio-oil," Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, 7, Issue 4, pages 406–415, July/August 2013 by Yi-Wen Chiu and May Wu, of the Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, which included the text

The results of the analysis indicate that water availability can significantly affect the selection of an algal refinery site and therefore the potential production of algal bio-oil. The production of one liter of algal bio-oil requires 1036–1666 L of water at the state level,


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