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Biomass and Biofuels by Thallada Bhaskar, Shibu Jose

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Chapter 1

Biomass Feedstocks

Types, Sources, Availability, Production, and Sustainability

Carol L. Williams

Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin–Madison, WI, USA

1.1 Purpose

This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of biomass feedstocks used in production of bioenergy. Particular emphasis is given to biomass feedstocks associated with advanced biofuels derived through biological conversion technologies. A broad geographical scope is presented. The discussion is limited to feedstocks currently considered feasible, or plausibly so, in the near future, resulting from current momentum in technology, policy, and economic change. The reader will gain from this chapter an appreciation of the scope of biomass supply and related issues ...

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