Table 2: Comparison of estimated production and land-use requirement from various biofuel crops.

CropOil yield (L/ha)Land area needed (M ha)a

Corn1721540
Soybean446594
Canola1190223
Jatropha1892140
Coconut268999
Palm oil595045

Microalgaeb136.9002
Microalgaec58.7004.5

aFor meeting 50% of all transport fuel needs of the United States.
b70% oil (by weight) in biomass.
c30% oil (by weight) in biomass.
Data source: [3].