May 13, 2006

OREGON: Cellulose Inventory Report

While many may think that the subject of cellulosic conversion to ethanol is a recent phenomenon, here is a report that was conducted in 2000 to inventory the cellulose feedstock available in Oregon for conversion to ethanol. It includes a list of possible sites and recommended policy strategies.

Here is the report's summary:


Oregon Cellulose-Ethanol Study

The Oregon Cellulose-Ethanol Study was issued by the Oregon Department of Energy in June 2000. The Department commissioned the study to evaluate the near-term potential of a cellulose-based ethanol industry in the state.

The Oregon Cellulose-Ethanol Study contains an overview of cellulose feedstocks available in Oregon. It discusses the status of cellulose-ethanol technology and includes the results of an economic modeling analysis conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Oregon has an abundance cellulose feedstocks that could be used for ethanol production. The study includes a preliminary feedstock assessment with information about current market demand and uses, cost, collection potential, qualities and geographic concentrations.

A major objective of the study was to identify critical barriers and assess perceived risks to the development of commercial ethanol production in Oregon. The report addresses possible methods to overcome obstacles through the use of low-cost resources in Oregon. The report identifies market opportunities and suggests public policy initiatives.

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