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Alternative Fuels Data Center

The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) provides information, data, and tools to help fleets and other transportation decision makers find ways to reduce petroleum consumption through the use of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, and other fuel-saving measures.

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September 16
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EERE
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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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Environmental indicators for sustainable production of algal biofuels

For analyzing sustainability of algal biofuels, we identify 16 environmental indicators that fall into six categories: soil quality, water quality and quantity, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, and productivity. Indicators are selected to be practical, widely applicable, predictable in response, anticipatory of future changes, independent of scale, and responsive to management.

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May 14
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R. A. Efroymson
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Global simulation of bioenergy crop productivity: analytical framework and case study for switchgrass

A global energy crop productivity model that provides geospatially explicit quantitative details on biomass
potential and factors affecting sustainability would be useful, but does not exist now. This study describes a
modeling platform capable of meeting many challenges associated with global-scale agro-ecosystem modeling.
We designed an analytical framework for bioenergy crops consisting of six major components: (i) standardized
natural resources datasets, (ii) global field-trial data and crop management practices, (iii) simulation units and

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May 07
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SHUJIANG KANG
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Take a Closer Look: Biofuels Can Support Environmental, Economic and Social Goals

The US Congress passed the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) seven years ago. Since then, biofuels have gone from darling to scapegoat for many environmentalists, policy makers, and the general public. The reasons for this shift are complex and include concerns about environmental degradation, uncertainties about impact on food security, new access to fossil fuels, and overly optimistic timetables. As a result, many people have written off biofuels.

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May 07
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Biofuel Impacts on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Chapter 16 in Scientific Committee on problems of the environment (SCOPE) Rapid Assessment Process on Bioenergy and Sustainability, Paris France

As with all land transformation activities, effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services of producing feedstocks for biofuels are highly variable and context specific.  Advances toward more sustainable biofuel production benefit from a system's perspective, recognizing spatial heterogeneity and scale, landscape-design principles, and addressing the influences of context such as the particular products and their distribution, policy background, stakeholder values, location, temporal influences, and baseline conditions.  Deploying biofuels in a manner to reduce effects on biodiver

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May 06
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C.A. Joly
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Risks to global biodiversity from fossil-fuel production exceed those from biofuel production

Potential global biodiversity impacts from near-term gasoline production are compared to biofuel, a renewable liquid transportation fuel expected to substitute for gasoline in the near term (i.e., from now until c.

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April 21
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Diversity Focus, Biofuel Production [ton/yr], 2030

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Biomass Scenario Model
Pathway-Diversity-Focused Incentives scenario, Biofuel Production [ton/yr], 2030
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2013

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Dana Stright
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NREL
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Diversity Focus, Biofuel Production [ton/yr], 2025

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Biomass Scenario Model
Pathway-Diversity-Focused Incentives scenario, Biofuel Production [ton/yr], 2025
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2013

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Dana Stright
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NREL
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Diversity Focus, Biofuel Production [ton/yr], 2020

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Biomass Scenario Model
Pathway-Diversity-Focused Incentives scenario, Biofuel Production [ton/yr], 2020
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2013

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Dana Stright
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NREL
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