18. Commercialization of Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems

  1. Douglas L. Karlen
  1. Sam W. Jackson

Published Online: 1 MAR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118676332.ch18

Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems

Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems

How to Cite

Jackson, S. W. (2014) Commercialization of Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems, in Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems (ed D. L. Karlen), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118676332.ch18

Author Information

  1. Genera Energy Inc, U.S.A.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAR 2014
  2. Published Print: 13 MAR 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119991946

Online ISBN: 9781118676332



  • agronomy;
  • cellulosic energy cropping systems;
  • commercial scale biomass production;
  • crop selection;
  • finance;
  • land availability;
  • risk management


This chapter provides a perspective on developments since the mid-1970s from the viewpoint of an active biomass conversion facility. It highlights five key areas of concern when commercializing dedicated energy crop biomass supply chains. These key areas are: land availability, crop selection, financing, agronomic challenges and risk management. As conversion technologies near commercialization, increased emphasis has been placed on commercial scale biomass production. Producing hundreds of thousands of tons of a given crop for a single facility is an industrial supply chain challenge that involves many players, including landowners, farmers, harvesting equipment manufacturers, truckers and logistical firms. Therefore, to be successful, commercial scale biomass supply chains must achieve a sustainable environmental and economic balance while overcoming several logistic and other obstacles.