Biomass Based Fuels for Passenger Cars - a (Cost) Efficient Solution for Greenhouse Gas Reduction?

O. Hurtig, L. Leible, S. Kälber & G. Kappler
Expectations that biomass­based fuels can help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are high. In this paper we present initial results of an ongoing project, comparing three biofuels – biogenic­based electricity, synthetic natural gas (SNG) and Fischer­Tropsch (FT) diesel – with regard to current technical characteristics, costs and environmental impacts, as well as in relation to fossil fuel equivalents. Automobile utilization patterns in Germany dictate the need to model two different car types in our study,...