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Opportunities for energy efficiency and biofuel production in Australian wheat farming systems

Opportunities for energy efficiency and biofuel production in Australian wheat farming systems

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FARINE, Damien R., Deborah A. O’CONNELL, Timothy GRANT, Michael L. POOLE, 2010. Opportunities for energy efficiency and biofuel production in Australian wheat farming systems. In: Biofuels. Taylor & Francis. 1(4), pp. 547-561. ISSN 1759-7269. eISSN 1759-7277. Available under: doi: 10.4155/bfs.10.29

@article{Farine2010Oppor-57390, title={Opportunities for energy efficiency and biofuel production in Australian wheat farming systems}, year={2010}, doi={10.4155/bfs.10.29}, number={4}, volume={1}, issn={1759-7269}, journal={Biofuels}, pages={547--561}, author={Farine, Damien R. and O’Connell, Deborah A. and Grant, Timothy and Poole, Michael L.} }

terms-of-use eng 2022-05-03T07:19:12Z 2010 2022-05-03T07:19:12Z O’Connell, Deborah A. Farine, Damien R. Opportunities for energy efficiency and biofuel production in Australian wheat farming systems O’Connell, Deborah A. Poole, Michael L. Poole, Michael L. Grant, Timothy Grant, Timothy Farine, Damien R. Background: The use of grain for food and biofuels is of high international interest amid rising fossil energy costs, energy security and climate change. Energy efficiency must be improved in high-input agriculture in order to provide net benefits from biofuels.<br /><br />Results: Options for reducing energy inputs into selected examples of Australian grain farms were investigated. Nitrogen fertilizer and diesel accounted for the bulk of nonrenewable energy use (over 73%) and targeted options for reducing their consumption can save from 25 to over 70% in energy use.<br /><br />Conclusion: Strategies to implement energy efficiency improvements into grain farming and improve the sustainability of agricultural production systems are effective but usually incur some production penalties. The trade-offs between energy use and production are discussed.

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