Estimating the size of economic activities and rural job opportunities in a corn stover bioeconomy
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) recently conducted a study to quantify the required logistical resources to support the development of a corn stover bioeconomy. Corn stover was selected as it is the most abundant biomass residue in the USA due to the massive production of corn grain in the country. It is currently the primary feedstock for cellulosic ethanol (i.e. ethanol from corn stalks) production in the USA. However, a similar methodology developed in this study can be applied to estimate the logistical resources required to mobilize other types of biomass such as forest residues and dedicated biomass crops (e.g. willow, switchgrass and miscanthus). The study is published in the latest issue of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biorefining (Biofpr). It is featured on the cover of the Biofpr journal.