[NEWS] Billion-Ton Bio-Economy Authors Discuss Report Findings
– by Anna Simet, July 21, 2016, Biomass Magazine
Algae as a biomass crop has great potential but is currently cost prohibitive.
The use of energy crops like miscanthus and switchgrass has slowed in recent years but is poised for intense growth.
The U.S. maintains the capability to produce over 1 billion tons of renewable biomass each year.
The aforementioned are some conclusions of the recently released, 448-page 2016 Billion-Ton Update, a second follow-up to the original 2005 Billion-Ton Study that examines the technical feasibility of a billion-ton annual biomass supply chain by 2040. On July 19, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute held a briefing to discuss the update, its methodology and data collection strategies, findings and goals.
Opening the briefing was Alison Goss Eng, program manager at the U.S. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, who discussed the history of the initiative and the evolution of the report over the past 11 years, and added details of each update.
“We feel confident there is enormous U.S potential to produce biomass, on the order of more than a billion tons annually,” she said. “Every time we do this analysis, we get more confident in this number.”