Trends in Biomass Production

August 10th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

The U.S. has the future potential to produce at least one billion dry tons of biomass resources annually without adversely affecting the environment, according to a recent report jointly developed by the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Biomass resources include agricultural, forestry, waste, and algal materials.

One billion dry tons of biomass could produce enough biofuel, biopower, and bioproducts to displace approximately 30% of 2005 U.S. petroleum consumption.

The U.S. has enough biomass to support a bioeconomy within 25 years. This bioeconomy would include renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for economic, environmental, social, and national security benefits.

Interactive tools  available through the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework allow users to visualize biomass availability scenarios and tailor the data by factors such as geographic area, biomass source, and price. Researchers and decision-makers can use these features to better inform national bioenergy policies.

Read the 2016 Billion-Ton Report