Biomethane and Bioethanol from Energy Crops in Ireland: A Life-cycle Energy Balance

E. Deasy & N.M. Power
The motivation for this research stems from the potential of biofuels to assist Ireland in meeting obligations outlined in the ‘Renewable Energy Source Directive’ (2009/28/EC). Under the ‘Renewable Energy Source Directive’ Ireland must increase renewable energy use by over five fold; it is required that a minimum of 10% of all transport fuel consumed in 2020 must be of renewable origin and that feedstocks used to achieve these targets must save a minimum of 60%...