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EXPLORE: Learn about some of the cellulosic ethanol projects going on in the United States from the Renewable Fuels Association.

By exploring this website, you will notice that there are numerous cellulosic ethanol projects which may begin producing ethanol in the next several years using non-food feedstocks such as: corn stover, wheat straw, switchgrass, municipal solid waste, softwood chips, hardwood, agricultural residues, and many others (RFA, 2009).

U.S. energy policies are encouraging the use of cellulosic biofuels. The Renewable Fuels Standard of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 sets amounts of cellulosic biofuels to be used in the U.S. starting in 2010 (EISA, 2007).

Also important is the research being done in laboratories, at universities, and by industry to make this future fuel a reality. This includes finding the best way to utilize lignocellulosic biomass to make ethanol and other fuels, as well as finding more efficient ways for engines to use this fuel.

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Biomass fermentation tanks.
(Image: Courtesy of DOE/NREL, Credit - Warren Gretz.)