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Low-GHG Liquid Fuels Production—Biomass

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Low carbon footprint biofuels made from sustainably produced non-food biomass have the potential to dramatically reduce CO2 emissions from the transportation sector while providing the high energy density and easy storability benefits of a liquid transportation fuel. In the U.S. alone, even before considering the potential for algae as a biofuel feedstock, it is estimated that more than 1 billion tons per year of biomass could sustainably be converted to biofuels, replacing up to 1/3 of today’s petroleum usage in the U.S. transportation sector. In order to achieve cost effective biofuels production at global scale, we must develop transformational solutions to reduce the costs of energy crop production, harvesting, and transportation and develop new higher yield, low-cost biofuels conversion technologies.