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IEA Releases Report on Second Generation Biofuel Technologies

From 1st- to 2nd-Generation Biofuel Technologies: An overview of current industry and RD&D activities 28 November 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report entitled “From 1st- to 2nd-Generation Biofuel Technologies: An overview of current industry and RD&D activities,” which outlines the technical challenges facing second generation biofuels, evaluates their costs and examines related current policies to support their development and deployment.

The potential for production of more advanced biofuels is also

discussed. The report is based on the recognition that, although

significant progress continues to be made to overcome the technical and

economic challenges, second generation biofuels still face major

constraints to their commercial deployment. Policy recommendations are

given as to how these constraints might best be overcome in the future.

[The Report]