DOE updates the 2005 Billion Ton report on biomass; increased focus on energy crops

Read the full post at Green Car Congress.

The US Department of Energy released a new report—2011 U.S. Billion-Ton Update: Biomass Supply for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry, referred to as 2011 BT2—detailing US biomass feedstock potential for energy applications nationwide.

The new report basically supports the conclusion of the original 2005 Billion-Ton Study (2005 BTS, earlier post)—that the land resources of the US could produce a sustainable supply of biomass sufficient to displace 30% or more of the country’s present petroleum consumption—but expands on the original to include:

  • A spatial, county-by-county inventory of potentially available primary feedstocks;
  • Price and available quantities (e.g., supply curves) for the individual feedstocks; and
  • A more rigorous treatment and modeling of resource sustainability.

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