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Title: Forest biorefinery: The next century of innovation

Source: Tappi Jounal May 2011 p. 5

Author(s)Zhu, J.Y.

Publication Year: 2011  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4709-1B

Abstract: The concept of producing cellulosic biofuel, bioproducts, and chemicals using lignocelluloses in a biorefinery has been around for over a century. Renewed interest in the biorefinery concept has more recently arisen from concerns about climate change and the depletion of fossil fuels. Much research and progress has been made in the last three decades in the area of biochemical technology, with many breakthroughs. However, the realization of the biorefinery concept remains a challenge. It is a daunting task to (1) overcome the huge barriers in developing and commercializing new technologies to the scale of several thousand tons of biomass per day, which may take several decades; and (2) to maintain the sustainability of such large scale production using natural resources.

Keywords: Forest products industry; technological innovations; energy industries; forest biomass; utilization; biomass energy; fuelwood; fuelwood industry; forest products; renewable natural resources; renewable energy sources; biomass fuel; wood as fuel; biorefining; forest resources; editorial

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 119 kb(s)

Date posted: 07/05/2011

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RITS Product ID: 39147
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Zhu, JunYong
Research General Engineer

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