||Environment consequences of wood and other biomass sources of energy /
Coates, Joseph F. ;
Hitchcock, Henry H. ;
||Coates (J.F.), Inc., Washington, DC.;Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office Research and Development.
|| U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development,
Environmental surveys ;
Public health ;
Agricultural wastes ;
Food processing ;
Air pollution ;
Methyl alcohol ;
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||243 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Current important researchg needs whose results will be critical to EPA's mission in the next two to three decades with regard to a major expansion in the use of biomass, as an energy source are identified. Biomass currently contributes about 2.4 quads or 3% to the total national energy consumption of approximately 80 quads. There are no technological limitations of any importance on a 2 to 6 fold expansion of biomass energy to 5-15 quads over the next 20 to 30 years. The most likely and promising candidate for immediate and longer-range expansion in energy use is wood (5-10 quads) followed by agricultural and food processing wastes and manures in substantially less quantities (0.8-1.2 quads). Exploitation of grasses and crops would comprise the remainder. The three big risks to the environment and to human health from an expanded use of woody biomass are: health risks from residential wood burning; toxic air pollution from biomass derived methanol as automobile fuel; and broad scale disruption of forest ecosystems. Primary and secondary research and research objectives are defined with regard to these and other risks and opportunities.
Caption title. "April 1982." "EPA-600/8-82-017." Microfiche.