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Survey of Biomass Resource Assessments and Assessment ... - NREL

Survey of Biomass Resource Assessments and Assessment ... - NREL

for all 50 states. The

for all 50 states. The latter estimates delivered feedstock prices and quantities within a state at a fine resolution (1 km2) and considers the interplay between transportation costs, farmgate prices, cropland density, and facility demand. It can be used to examine any type of feedstock given the appropriate input parameters. Another product developed by ORNL is BIOCOST, which estimates the cost of producing hybrid poplars and switchgrass in seven regions of the United States. It is an Excel-based program with a graphical interface that lets the user select a region and then specify values for several variables including expected yields; land rents; labor costs; and prices of chemicals, fertilizers, fuel, and planting. The user can also choose among several key management options. BIOCOST generates a report that includes yearly cost estimates by cost category as well as per-acre and per-ton costs. Although conversion technologies are the main focus of the biomass program at NREL, resource assessment work has been supported over the years. The laboratory has been involved in conducting technical resource assessments for private companies, government organizations, and nongovernment organizations within the United States and abroad. NREL’s biomass resource assessment mentioned above was used to develop an interactive Web tool, composed of geographic and analytic components, that illustrates biofuels potential and petroleum displacement by state (Figure 35). The Potential Production maps show the biomass resources within counties, as well as the existing and under-construction biodiesel and ethanol production facilities. The Potential Use maps show the Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) registrations by zip code and the location of refueling stations offering ethanol and biodiesel. The analytic component has three different calculation areas: current situation, potential production, and potential use. The current situation is static for each state and shows important fuel use, infrastructure, and biomass resources data. The potential production and use calculation areas are dynamic and are used to project various production and use scenarios based on user input. The tool can be accessed at http://www.eere.energy.gov/afdc/sabre/. 125

References Figure 35. United States Bioenergy Assessment Tool 1. APEC Biofuels Task Force (BTF) Report to the Eight Energy Ministers Meeting, Darwin, Australia, May 2007, http://www.ewg.apec.org/assets/documents/apecinternet/Biofuelsreport%5FEMM820071 011104537%2Epdf 2. Daniel G. De La Torre Ugarte and Daryll E. Ray, Biomass and bioenergy applications of the POLYSYS modeling framework, Biomass & Bioenergy, issue 18 (2000), page 291­ 308 3. International Energy Agency (IEA), Country energy statistics, Oil in the United States in 2005, http://www.iea.org/Textbase/country/index.asp 4. Milbrandt, A., A Geographic Perspective on the Current Biomass Resource Availability in the United States", NREL, Golden CO, December 2005, http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy06osti/39181.pdf 5. Tyson et al, Biomass Oil Analysis: Research Needs and Recommendations, NREL, Golden CO, June 2004, http://www1.eere.energy.gov/biomass/pdfs/34796.pdf 6. Northeast Regional Biomass Program (NRBP), Securing a Place for Biomass in the Northeast United States, Washington DC, March 2003, http://www.nrbp.org/pdfs/nrbp_final_report.pdf 7. Perlack et al, Biomass as Feedstock for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry: The Technical Feasibility of a Billion-Ton Annual Supply, ORNL, Oak Ridge TN, April, 2005, http://feedstockreview.ornl.gov/pdf/billion_ton_vision.pdf 8. USDA, The Economic Feasibility of Ethanol Production from Sugar in the United States, July 2006, http://www.usda.gov/oce/reports/energy/EthanolSugarFeasibilityReport3.pdf 9. USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Sample Survey and Census Programs of NASS, Accessed January 2008, http://www.nass.usda.gov/Surveys/index.asp 126

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