|MadSci Network: Biochemistry|
My team and i are experimenting with bioethanol for fuel, made from sugar beet, and have come across a problem. If the sugar beet absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, then it cancels out the carbon dioxide released when the ethanol is burnt, right? But what about the carbon dioxide released by the anearobic resperation (fermentation) needed to get the ethonal from sugar (from sugar beet) and yeast? Does the sugar beet absorb enough carbon dioxide to cancel out both releases of carbon dioxide, or is bioethonal really carbon neutral?
Re: Bio-ethanol, is it 'carbon neutral'?
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