Technologies and key challenges for bioenergy production in California

Bioenergy has the potential to significantly contribute to California’s climate-change, energy, and economic goals by producing low-carbon electricity and transportation fuels. Furthermore our state has the high-tech business capacity to be a leader in this field, as well as abundant resources from our agricultural and forest lands and municipal solid waste. The UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy in partnership with the California Biomass Collaborative presents a series of webinars to explore how California businesses, scientists, and policy-makers can sustainably unlock the State’s bioenergy potential.

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The second webinar took place on June 7th, 2013 .  This webinar covered basic questions about the technologies available to produce energy from biomass and key challenges for expanding bioenergy production in California:

  • How is biomass transformed into energy, fuel, and products?
  • What state policies affect bioenergy in California?
  • What does the future hold for bioenergy?



  • Rob Williams,  Development Engineer – California Biomass Collaborative,  Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at UC Davis
  • Colin Murphy, PhD Candidate, Institute of Transportation Studies