Unit 1.1 – Questions

1. Why is Bioenergy considered a renewable form of energy?

a. Feedstocks for bioenergy production are derived from materials formed thousands of years ago through geological processes
b. Feedstocks for bioenergy production are derived from materials formed from recently living biological material, which can be harvested and replanted
c. The energy contained in the biomass is solar energy captured through natural processes of photosynthesis
d. Both a & c
e. Both b & c


2. What are the main sources of biomass for bioenergy?

a. Aquatic invertebrates, fungi, and bacteria
b. Corn grain, corn stover, and switchgrass
c. Agriculture, forests, and waste


3. What are the three types of conversion technology?

a. Thermal, chemical and biochemical
b. Combustion, pyrolysis and gasification
c. Chemical agents, enzymes, microorganism


4. True or False: Most of all current ethanol production in the U.S. uses advanced processes to derive sugars from cellulosic biomass crops to ferment into ethanol.

a. True
b. False


5. What are the drivers of Bioenergy development?

a. Policy initiatives that promote research and development
b. Concern about United States’ energy independence
c. Environmental and climate concerns associated with climate change due partially to use of non-renewable energy resources
d. Potential for new means of economic development
e. All of the above


6. What role does policy have in Bioenergy development?

a. Providing incentives for farmers to grow bioenergy crops, in the absence of a mature and reliable market
b. Providing incentives to industry to develop commercial scale bioenergy facilities, in the absence of tested technologies,
c. Providing assistance in developing infrastructure needed to support a nascent industry
d. Providing funding for research and development of potential technologies, in that commercial enterprises cannot commit extensive financial resources to technologies and products that may not be commercially viable for many years.
e. All of the above


Unit 1.1 Answers