The technology for production of energy and synfuels from biomass and wastes is advancing on all fronts. Biomass energy may assume a major role in the energy market if the projected effects of increasing carbon dioxide in the ambient air are accurate. Recent economic analyses of integrated biomass energy systems, current research on biomass production and conversion, and the status of pilot, demonstration, and commercial projects are reviewed. Special attention is given to methanol and ethanol as motor fuels. New waste-to-energy plants are coming on-line to add to those already in commercial use, and many research projects aimed at improved biomass and waste conversion processes are in progress. It is concluded that the technology of producing and using energy and synfuels from biomass and wastes is destined to grow and contribute more and more to our energy demand. A list of current pilot and demonstration plants producing energy from waste and biomass is included.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 1-27

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  • Accession Number: 00307878
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 1980 12:00AM