By Erin Voegele | March 21, 2012
Seventeen percent of the Rotterdam survey respondents said cellulosic biomass, such as corn stover, will characterize the feedstock of 2012.
Results of a survey of 100 leaders in the biofuels industry were released in mid-March at the World Biofuels Markets 2012 Congress & Expo in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. According to information released by the organization, trends identified by the survey include a shift to nonfood and waste feedstocks, large growth opportunities in Asia, and the U.S. military and commercial aviation pushing for aviation biofuel development. Results of the survey also noted that government policy and high oil prices will be significant triggers for continued growth of the biofuels industry on a global basis.
According to information released by conference organizers, industry respondents were asked to identify which biomass feedstocks would prove to be the most promising in 2012. Just over a quarter of respondents named municipal solid waste, while 24 percent named nonfood energy crops like camelina and jatropha to characterize 2012. Slightly fewer, 20 percent, chose algae, with 17 percent of respondents identifying cellulosic biomass. A minority, 8 percent, named waste gas.
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