Ethanol produced from cellulosic biomass is examined as a large-scale transportation fuel. Desirable features include ethanol's fuel properties as well as benefits with respect to urban air quality, global climate change, balance of trade, and energy security. Energy balance, feed-stock supply, and environmental impact considerations are not seen as significant barriers to the widespread use of ethanol derived from cellulosic biomass. Conversion economics is the key obstacle to be overcome. In light of past progress and future prospects for research-driven improvements, a cost-competitive process appears possible in a decade.

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    American Association for Advancement of Science

    1313 H Street, NW
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  • Authors:
    • Lynd, L R
    • CUSHMAN, J H
    • Nichols, R J
    • Wyman, C E
  • Publication Date: 1991-3-15

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 1318-23
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  • Accession Number: 00610541
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1991 12:00AM