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Future fuels will come from lignocellulosic biomass. Types of lignocellulosic biomass include:

  • Non-edible portions of corn and other crops (Agricultural Residues)
  • Trees, grasses, forest residues, sawdust (Forest Resources)
  • Trash (known as Municipal Solid Waste)

These are not traditional sources, so they will be used for creating unconventional ethanol. The most likely scenario is that mixtures of these types of biomass will be used, rather than focusing on obtaining all of the biomass needed from one single source. The type of biomass used will also depend on the location where the biomass will be harvested. For example, in the upper Midwest there is an abundance of forest land from which residues could be collected.

To find out how much of each type of lignocellulosic biomass is available each year in the U.S. , click on each icon below.

Forest Resources Agricultural Residues Municipal Solid Waste

Forest Resources

Agricultural Residues

Municipal Solid Waste