Feasibility Studies for Biomass-to-Ethanol Production Facilities in Florida and Hawaii

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    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) process development unit has been operating since 1995 to test technology to convert lignocellulosic biomass to fuel ethanol. Following this type of testing, a pre-commercial scale engineering demonstration is likely to be needed to demonstrate this technology at or near proposed commercial plant sites. As a result, NREL began a program to helpindustrial partners complete a sound feasibility studies that include detailed siting plans. These studies examine biomass availability and cost projections, delineate site requirements, identify qualifying sites, examine environmental and community impacts, and rpovide financial evaluations and projections. Results from two of the completed studies on the big island of Hawaii, and in centralFlorida provide valuable insight for future potential biomass-to-ethanol commercializing organizations.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Pages (from-to)279-284
    Number of pages6
    JournalRenewable Energy
    Issue number2/3
    StatePublished - 1997

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/JA-210-22900


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