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Sustainable Bioenergy Systems: From Fields to Wheels

Tom Richard
Director, Penn State Biomass Energy Center and Associate Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University

Many of the drivers for biomass energy reflect important dimensions of sustainability for the economy, the environment, and society. But how do we insure that the systems that evolve will achieve their potential? Challenges and opportunities for sustainable bioenergy systems occur at every link of the value chain, from crop production to biomass conversion to utilization in power generation and transportation. Understanding these challenges and addressing them proactively is critical if biomass energy is to achieve its potential for our nation and the world.