Regional biomass supply: three case studies in the Midwest, US

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Increased interest in the development and utilization of alternative energy sources has generated research demonstrating that fuels developed from energy crops (biofuels) can be a viable substitute for fossil fuels. A national energy program dedicated to the advancement of fuel derived from lignocellulosic crops could have major impacts on conventional energy supplied in the United States. Sufficient biofuel demand would allow conversion of croplands, as well as some pasture and forest lands, into biomass producing lands and possibly return to production acres formerly idled. A shift from crop, pasture or forest production activities to biomass production would likely require changes ... continued below

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English, B.C.; Dillivan, K.D.; Ojo, M.A.; Alexander, R.R. & Graham, R.L. June 1, 1995.

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Increased interest in the development and utilization of alternative energy sources has generated research demonstrating that fuels developed from energy crops (biofuels) can be a viable substitute for fossil fuels. A national energy program dedicated to the advancement of fuel derived from lignocellulosic crops could have major impacts on conventional energy supplied in the United States. Sufficient biofuel demand would allow conversion of croplands, as well as some pasture and forest lands, into biomass producing lands and possibly return to production acres formerly idled. A shift from crop, pasture or forest production activities to biomass production would likely require changes in the levels of inputs, outputs, and costs associated with these activities, which would impact producers and ultimately consumers. The conversion of cropland or idled land to biomass production will also have impacts on the physical characteristics of the soil. Soil erosion levels, soil chemical composition, soil structure, and organic matter content are some of the many soil attributes which will be impacted as a result of conversion. Research is needed to estimate the impact conversion activities have on these variables.

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  • Other: DE96009901
  • Report No.: ORNL/Sub--92-SK378
  • Grant Number: AC05-96OR22464
  • DOI: 10.2172/231296 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 231296
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc671905

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English, B.C.; Dillivan, K.D.; Ojo, M.A.; Alexander, R.R. & Graham, R.L. Regional biomass supply: three case studies in the Midwest, US, report, June 1, 1995; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc671905/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.