Assessing US Land Use Impact by Clean Vehicle Systems
Track: Renewable Energy
Authors: Yi Hou
Different transportation fuels have significantly different demands on land resources. We analyzed and compared potential renewable fuels including biofuels produced from different natural feedstock(corn, highland switchgrass, lowland switchgrass and open ponds grown algae), and electricity produced from engineering renewable sources (wind, solar, and closed system lab-grown algae). The spatial analysis results show that algae, wind, and solar are less land intensive than corn and switchgrass.