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Alternate Energy Summarized March 9, 2008

Posted by OldGuy in Alternatives.
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The first document out of last summer’s UMass/Amherst workshop on biofuels has been published, even if in draft form. The 25-26 June workshop was held to develop a roadmap for making lignocellulosic biofuels a practical reality.

The objective of this workshop was to articulate the role of chemistry, chemical catalysis, thermal processing, and engineering in the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into liquid transportation fuels including green gasoline, green diesel and green jet fuel.

Six thrust areas for the workshop were:

  • Selective Thermal Processing of Lignocellulosic Biomass
  • Utilization of Petroleum Refining Technologies for Biofuel Production
  • Aqueous-phase Catalytic Processing of Sugars and Bio-oils
  • Catalytic Conversion of Syn-gas
  • Process Engineering and Design
  • Cross Cutting 21st Century Science, Technology, and Infrastructure for a New Generation of Biofuel Research

The resulting 181-page Roadmap is intended to recommend strategies to government, academic and industry leaders.

This workshop is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0541524. The workshop was co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the American Chemical Society.

p.s. – There is a great single-chart graphic in the document.  It explains that liquid biofuels are usually produced using either biological or chemical processes. As shown in the figure, the majority of the pathways to biofuels production use chemical catalysts.



1. Charles R.Sherrer Sr - August 5, 2008

This is the type of cutting edge real life practical Application of Science that has been long overdue in America. I applaud the dilligent efforts and hard work that the presenters have made to bring this into being. Thank you. As a farmer and Environmental Scinetist I look forward to being a part of this Fantastic industry.

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