Publication Type: Journal Article
Source: Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, Volume 3, p.113-123 (2009)
The Role of Biomass in America’s Energy Future (RBAEF) project, initiated during the fi rst half of 2003, has sought to identify and evaluate paths by which biomass can make a large contribution to energy services and determine means to accelerate biomass energy use. In addressing these issues, the study has focused on future, mature, technologies rather than today’s technology. This perspective – the fi rst of eight papers that comprise this issue – introduces the project, providing an operative defi nition of and method for estimating mature technology, a rationale for choosing the model feedstock, a list of the conversion technologies considered, and as a point of reference, a brief overview of the energy fl ows through a typical petroleum refi nery. The subsequent papers are introduced as well.