The Fall of Oil Prices and the Effects on Biofuels

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This analysis is focused on the effect of the abrupt decline of oil prices on biofuels, particularly second-generation ethanol. The efforts to decrease the production costs of biofuels, especially cellu- losic ethanol (CE), will be greatly threatened if current oil prices remain low, especially since pro- duction is not slowing. Only huge state subsidies could alleviate this threat, but the challenge is to per- suade citizens that this sacrifice is worthwhile.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-6
Number of pages4
JournalTrends In Biotechnology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Biofuels
  • Ethanol
  • Oil Prices
  • Second generation
  • Production cost


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