Chapter 19: Partnerships, Future, and Emerging Technologies

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This chapter will cover the current state and possible futures of the biofuels industry. Technology options for the production of cellulosic ethanol will be explained with comparative economics given for representative biochemical and thermochemical cellulosic ethanol conversion processes. This will be followed by a description of the current state of the biofuels industry with possible future directions outlined and what needs to happen both from a technical and business perspective to provide the best chances of success. Finally, advanced biofuel (hydrocarbon fuels) conversion options will be discussed with preliminary economics provided.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationIndustrial Crops
Subtitle of host publicationBreeding for BioEnergy and Bioproducts
EditorsV. M. V. Cruz, D. A. Dierig
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781493914470
ISBN (Print)9781493914463
StatePublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-5100-65370


  • Advanced biofuels
  • Biofuels
  • Biofuels industry
  • Bioproducts
  • Cellulosic ethanol
  • Comparative economics


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