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Use of Agricultural Residue Feedstock In North Dakota Biorefineries

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  • Leistritz, F. Larry
  • Hodur, Nancy M.
  • Senechal, Donald M.
  • Stowers, Mark D.
  • McCalla, Darold
  • Saffron, Chris M.

Rising prices and uncertain supplies of petroleum, together with environmental concerns regarding fossil fuel combustion, have enhanced interest in biobased products and fuels. This study analyzes the feasibility of a multi-product biorefinery that uses wheat straw as feedstock to produce ethanol, electricity, and cellulose nanofibers. Nanofibers (nanowhiskers) would be used as reinforcements in a biobased nanocomposite material that could substitute for fiberglass in many applications. The growth of a biobased industry could have major economic development implications for the Great Plains/Midwest region.

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Article provided by Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia in its journal Journal of Agribusiness.

Volume (Year): 27 (2009)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:jloagb:90655
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