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 Energy Balance
 Prepared November 2007
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This work entailed the addition of a new Energy Balance sheet to the model. This sheet has tables of the secondary energy by fuel type for each stage of all of the pathways. There are tables for electricity, coal, natural gas, diesel fuel, biomass, crude oil, gasoline and another table to account for minor fuels such as LPG, coke, still gas, etc. From these tables the primary energy inputs into each pathway can be calculated from existing data in the model.
This approach of producing separate tables for each type of energy and then rolling all of the data into the primary energy table will not only add some structure to the primary energy calculations but it will also yield information on the types of fuel consumed in the pathways that will have value by themselves.

Tags: Crude Oil - Electricity - Energy Balance - GHGenius 3.11 - Gasoline - Natural Gas
 Sugar Beet Ethanol Report
 Prepared June 2007
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There have been proposals recently for the construction of fuel ethanol plants that would process sugar beets as the feedstock. These proposals have been for plants in Prince Edward Island, Ontario and Quebec. Sugar beets are grown for sugar production in Alberta. In the past there were also sugar beets produced in Manitoba but this plant has been closed as they were unable to compete with very low cost imported sugar, and Canada is one of the few developed countries that does not provide protection for their domestic sugar industry. World sugar prices and grain prices have increased significantly in recent years and sugar beets may be a viable feedstock for fuel ethanol in Canada.

A few lifecycle analyses have been done on sugar beet ethanol in a European context but nothing has been done in North America. This work adds the sugar beet to ethanol pathway to GHGenius. GHGenius is now one of the few models that can compare ethanol produced from corn, wheat, sugar cane, and sugar beets based on a consistent data set. Where possible North American data on sugar beet production has been incorporated into the model.

Tags: Energy Balance - Ethanol - GHGenius 3.9 - Sugar Beet
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