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Building a Sustainable Regional Eco System for Green Technologies: Case of Cellulosic Ethanol in Oregon

Building a Sustainable Regional Eco System for Green Technologies: Case of Cellulosic Ethanol in Oregon
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Author(s): Bob Greenlee (Cascade Microtech, USA) and Tugrul Daim (Portland State University, USA)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 33
Source title: Small and Medium Enterprises: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3886-0.ch049

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Abstract

This chapter begins with a brief overview of the environmental and policy drivers for cellulosic ethanol, and a description of the basic technology behind it. It then outlines a simple methodology for selecting the three primary components of a sustainable supply chain in the Pacific Northwest: feedstock, process, and distribution method. Using a weighted rating scale, the authors evaluate the alternatives for feedstocks, conversion processes, and distribution methods, and make some recommendations for an Oregon-based facility. These results are compared with the approach chosen by a new cellulosic ethanol startup, Pacific Ethanol, currently under construction in Boardman, Oregon. Although Pacific Ethanol’s choices help confirm the model, the model also provides valuable information for other potential ethanol production companies based in the Pacific Northwest.

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