Envisioning the transition to a next-generation biofuels industry in the US Midwest

Ismail Dweikat, Clifford Weil, Stephen Moose, Leon Kochian, Nathan Mosier, Klein Ileleji, Patrick Brown, Wendy Peer, Angus Murphy, Farzad Taheripour, Maureen Mccann, Nicholas Carpita

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Abstract

Corn grain ethanol production is a mature industry built on a Midwestern agricultural infrastructure. Second- and third-generation biofuels and bio-based products industries could take advantage of this robust framework. Significant but not insurmountable barriers remain for grower acceptance of bioenergy crop plants and capital investment in transitioning from grain to lignocellulosic biomass at scale. The existing infrastructure in the Midwest provides a model for implementing an environmentally responsible and sustainable next-generation biofuels industry into the agro-economy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)376-386
Number of pages11
JournalBiofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012

Keywords

  • Bio-based products
  • Bioenergy crops
  • Biofuels
  • US Midwest agriculture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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    Dweikat, I., Weil, C., Moose, S., Kochian, L., Mosier, N., Ileleji, K., Brown, P., Peer, W., Murphy, A., Taheripour, F., Mccann, M., & Carpita, N. (2012). Envisioning the transition to a next-generation biofuels industry in the US Midwest. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, 6(4), 376-386. https://doi.org/10.1002/bbb.1342