Feedstock Interface: Desirable Wood Properties for Biofuels Production
by Dr. Theodore Wegner (Assistant Director, Forest Products Laboratory, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service) Dr. Wegner begins with an interesting profile of the demand for advanced biofuels, and the different pathways to produce biofuels from cellulosic feedstocks. He shows the distribution of forestland in America, and focuses on the means and challenges of converting forest biomass to advanced biofuels. The United States is well-equipped to be leaders in biofuels, and Wegner continues to detail the locations of biorefineries and the necessary knowledge gaps to fill. The basic structure of lignocellulosic biomass is described, along with the different forms of woody biomass.
Wegner’s presentation contains numerous graphs and maps of about the forestland that can be used for biofuels, other energy crops; existing biorefineries; legal definition of renewable biomass. READ MORE