Net energy analysis must not compare apples and oranges


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Abstract

Energy return on investment (EROI) is a critical measure of the comparative utility of different energy carriers including fossil fuels and renewables. However it must not be used to compare carriers that cannot be put to similar end-use. Additionally, combining carriers to arrive at estimates of ‘average’ or ‘minimum’ EROIs can be problematic.

Authors

Marco Raugei

Faculty

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

Keywords

fossil fuels, renewable energy



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DOI

10.1038/s41560-019-0327-0

Citation

Raugei, M. () 'Net energy analysis must not compare apples and oranges', Nature Energy Nat. Energy. DOI: 10.1038/s41560-019-0327-0.

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