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High-Grade Fuels from Biomass Farming: Potentials and Constraints

Paul B. Weisz and John F. Marshall
Science
New Series, Vol. 206, No. 4414 (Oct. 5, 1979), pp. 24-29
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1749185
Page Count: 6
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High-Grade Fuels from Biomass Farming: Potentials and Constraints
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Abstract

The key parameters controlling the productivity and the cost of net high-grade fuel from a system for biomass agriculture and conversion are analyzed. Performance depends sensitively on a "symbiotic" interaction between agronomy and technology. The conditions for obtaining net productivity and costs are explored for U.S. grain alcohol as a reference point. Currently practiced technology consumes more high-grade fuel than it generates. Some potentials and constraints for future systems, including use of other plant species and conversion systems, are explored.

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