Abstract for: Cellulosic Feedstock Biofuel Feasibility for Automotive Use
The transition of the US automobile fleet to alternative fuels (electricity, hydrogen, ethanol, etc.) will take considerable time. Automobile fleet turnover, technology readiness, and biomass feedstock availability will all play a role. This work examined the feasibility of producing up to 90 billion gallons of cellulosic biomass sourced ethanol by the year 2030. The model contains a high degree of granularity and the modeling process struggled with a 'constraint versus consequence' approach to formulating the model and presentation of results.