Tool Helps Biofuel Developers Analyze Water Use

A new version of an online tool created by the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory will help biofuel developers analyze water consumption of various types of feedstocks, aiding development of sustainable fuels that will reduce impact on limited water resources.

The newest version of the Water Assessment for Transportation Energy Resources (WATER) for the first time allows biofuels manufacturers to analyze water consumption associated with use of cellulosic feedstocks such as residue left from lumber production and other wood-based resources. The new tool also provides analysis down to the county level in the US for the first time.»