The first segment of this presentation describes the rationale for using plant biomass as a source of fuels and presents information about how much energy could be obtained in this way. Examples of the kinds of plants that are likely to be used are presented along with comments on some of the issues, such as losses to disease and effects of various cropping systems on soil quality, that need additional research. In the second segment, the potential for various types of biofuels are compared and some of the technical challenges in production of cellulosic fuels are outlined.
In 2007, Chris Somerville became the Director of the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of California, Berkeley where he is also a professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology and a visiting professor at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Prior to joining EBI, Somerville was Director of the Carnegie Institution, Department of Plant… Continue Reading