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Title: NREL Research on Converting Biomass to Liquid Fuels

Abstract

Unlike other renewable energy sources, biomass can be converted directly into liquid fuels, called "biofuels," to help meet transportation fuel needs. The two most common types of biofuels are ethanol and biodiesel. Today, ethanol is made from starches and sugars, but at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientists are developing technology to allow it to be made from cellulose and hemicellulose, the fibrous material that makes up the bulk of most plant matter. Biodiesel is made by combining alcohol (usually methanol) with vegetable oil, animal fat, or recycled cooking grease. It can be used as an additive (typically 20%) to reduce vehicle emissions or in its pure form as a renewable alternative fuel for diesel engines.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1048064
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
30 DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION; NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY; NREL; ALTERNATIVE; FUELS; ETHANOL; ENERGY-EFFICIENT; BIOMASS

Citation Formats

None. NREL Research on Converting Biomass to Liquid Fuels. United States: N. p., 2010. Web.
None. NREL Research on Converting Biomass to Liquid Fuels. United States.
None. Mon . "NREL Research on Converting Biomass to Liquid Fuels". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1048064.
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author = {None},
abstractNote = {Unlike other renewable energy sources, biomass can be converted directly into liquid fuels, called "biofuels," to help meet transportation fuel needs. The two most common types of biofuels are ethanol and biodiesel. Today, ethanol is made from starches and sugars, but at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientists are developing technology to allow it to be made from cellulose and hemicellulose, the fibrous material that makes up the bulk of most plant matter. Biodiesel is made by combining alcohol (usually methanol) with vegetable oil, animal fat, or recycled cooking grease. It can be used as an additive (typically 20%) to reduce vehicle emissions or in its pure form as a renewable alternative fuel for diesel engines.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2010},
month = {7}
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