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Title: Small scale production of biofuels: a feasibility assessment

Current public policy fails to adequately address one of the most exigent concerns of the agricultural producer: the cost and availability of energy. Specifically, they are interested in energy production alternatives that are feasible and economic for implementation by smaller agricultural producers. After an extended review of much of the available popular and technical literature, as well as conducting interviews with numerous individuals knowledgeable in the field of alternative energy production, the Roosevelt-Custer Regional Council for Development has prepared this preliminary feasibility assessment on the small scale production of biofuels in North Dakota. The production of energy from renewable sources is not commerical; it is reality. Currently, North Dakotan's rely on energy produced from agricultural products to run their automobiles and to heat their homes, as well as to dry the crops on which much of the North Dakota economy depends. Over the next 20 years, this reliance on renewable energy sources is expected to triple. Unfortunately, most of the processes currently used to produce these biofuels are not adaptable for use by the smaller producer/consumer. Today, economics simply preclude the small scale production of biofuels. A deplorable consequence of this lag between demand and technical feasibility is the appearancemore » of the quick-buck consultant. These individuals have not limited their activities to North Dakota but, in fact, they have appeared over the length and breadth of this nation. This report then is an assessment of the feasibility of producing biofuels in North Dakota by the small scale producer. Specific types of biofuels to be critiqued are: alcohol; vegetable oils; biogas/methane; and biomass briquettes.« less
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Related Information: NP--1903552
Dept. of Commerce,Washington, DC
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United States
09 BIOMASS FUELS; BIOMASS; PRODUCTION; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; ALCOHOL FUELS; BRIQUETS; COMMERCIALIZATION; FARMS; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; FUELS; METHANE; NORTH DAKOTA; ALKANES; ENERGY SOURCES; FEDERAL REGION VIII; HYDROCARBONS; NORTH AMERICA; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; SOLID FUELS; SYNTHETIC FUELS; USA 140504* -- Solar Energy Conversion-- Biomass Production & Conversion-- (-1989); 090122 -- Hydrocarbon Fuels-- Preparation from Wastes or Biomass-- (1976-1989); 090222 -- Alcohol Fuels-- Preparation from Wastes or Biomass-- (1976-1989)