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BioFuels Atlas

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) originally developed this application for biopower with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency's Blue Skyways Collaborative. The Department of Energy's Office of Biomass Program provided funding for biofuels functionality. More information on funding agencies is available: http://www.blueskyways.org and http://www.eere.energy.gov/biomass/.

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Incorporating Bioenergy in Sustainable Landscape Design. Workshop One: Forested Landscapes (Summary of a workshop held in New Bern, NC, 3/4-6/2014

Landscape design provides an approach under which bioenergy production systems can be integrated into other components of the land, environment and socioeconomic system. Landscape design is a spatially explicit collaborative plan for resource allocation and management. It should be applied to a particular area and developed with the involvement of key stakeholders.

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August 25
Author: 
Virginia Dale
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Land-Use Change and Biofuels Workshop Report - ORNL, May 11-14, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy Biomass Program sponsored the Land-Use Change and Bioenergy workshop in Vonore, Tennessee, from May 11 to May 14, 2009. More than 50 experts from around the world gathered to review the state of the science, identify opportunities for collaboration, and prioritize next steps for the research and data needed to address key issues regarding the land-use effects of bioenergy policies. A key outcome of the workshop was the identification of research areas that may improve our understanding of land-use change in a bioenergy context.

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August 19
Author: 
Keith L. Kline
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Ecological Objectives can be achieved with wood-derived bioenergy

Peer-reviewed letter written in response to a March 11, 2015, letter to US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy (http://bit.ly/1HsSaWf), in which the Ecological Society of America objected to EPA’s proposal that sustainably harvested woody biomass could reduce carbon emissions. Citing a November 2014 EPA memorandum (known as the McCabe memo; http://1.usa.gov/1zMeZf2), the Ecological Society letter argued that the EPA’s stance would undermine federal efforts to “deter rapid deforestation, lower carbon emissions, and mitigate the effects of global climate change”.

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August 06
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V. H. Dale
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Climate Risk Management for the U.S. Cellulosic Biofuels Supply Chain

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As U.S. energy policy turns to bioenergy, and second-generation biofuels in particular, to
foster energy security and environmental benefits, consideration should be given to the
implications of climate risk for the incipient bioenergy industry. As a case-in-point, we
review evidence from the 2012 U.S. drought, underscoring the risk of extreme weather
events to the agricultural sector in general, and the bioenergy supply chain in particular,
including reductions in feedstock production and higher prices for agricultural

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July 07
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ORNL
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GIS-enabled biomass-ethanol supply chain optimization: model development and Miscanthus application

Abstract: To ensure effective biomass feedstock provision for large-scale ethanol production, a three-stage supply chain was proposed to include biomass supply sites, centralized storage and preprocessing (CSP) sites, and biorefi nery sites. A GIS-enabled biomass supply chain optimization model (BioScope) was developed to minimize annual biomass-ethanol production costs by selecting the optimal numbers, locations, and capacities of farms, CSPs, and biorefi neries as well as identifying the optimal biomass fl ow pattern from farms to biorefi neries.

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October 02
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Development and application of BioFeed model for optimization of herbaceous biomass feedstock production

An efficient and sustainable biomass feedstock production system is critical for the success of the biomass based energy sector. An integrated systems analysis framework to coordinate various feedstock production related activities is, therefore, highly desirable. This article presents research conducted towards the creation of such a framework.

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October 02
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Impact of probability of working day on planning and operation of biomass feedstock production systems

Abstract: Unfavorable weather can significantly impact the production and provision of agriculture-based biomass feedstocks such as Miscanthus and switchgrass. This work quantified the impact of regional weather on the feedstock production systems using the BioFeed modeling framework. Weather effects were incorporated in BioFeed by including the probability of working day (pwd) parameter in the model, which defined the fraction of days in a specific period such as two weeks that were suitable for field operations.

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October 02
Author: 
Shastri, Yogendra
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Impact of distributed storage and pre-processing on Miscanthus production and provision systems

Abstract: Distributed storage and pre-processing of biomass feedstock at satellite storage locations (storage

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October 02
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Shastri, Yogendra
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Optimization of Miscanthus Harvesting and Handling as an Energy Crop: BioFeed Model Application

Abstract: The success of the bioenergy sector depends significantly on ensuring efficient and sustainable biomass feedstock production and provision, which requires a comprehensive systems theory based approach. BioFeed is a system-level model that has been proposed to optimize the feedstock production and provision activities. It has been applied in the past to study switchgrass production in Illinois. This work presents recent additions to the BioFeed model to enable a more accurate representation of various biomass production activities for energy crops.

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October 02
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Shastri, Y.
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