National laboratories point to sugars as key factor in ideal feedstock

Popular wisdom holds tall, fast-growing trees are best for biomass, but new research by two U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories reveals that is only part of the equation.

Of equal economic importance, according to scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is the amount of sugars contained within the cellulosic biomass that can be converted into fuels.

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