Biomass Ethanol Production Faces Challenges

Ziolkowska, Jadwiga and Leo Simon

from ARE Update Vol. 14, No. 6, July/Aug, 2011

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While ethanol has been recognized as an alternative to oil, the most viable source material for it remains a controversial topic. U.S. ethanol is produced primarily from a grain, corn, which has a number of disadvantages. Cellulosic ethanol has been promoted as a replacement. We review some of the strengths and weaknesses of cellulosic biomass ethanol, and discuss its potential for becoming part of the long-run solution for supplying energy to the United States.


Ziolkowska, Jadwiga and Leo Simon. 2011. "Biomass Ethanol Production Faces Challenges." ARE Update 14(6): 5-8. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.