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GRI’s PROGRAM ON METHANE FROM BIOMASS AND WASTES P.H.BENSON*
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The Gas Research Institute’s (GRI) Program on Methane from Biomass and Wastes was originally an initial high-risk, long-term project to achieve a large quad impact from a marine biomass feedstock. The program evolved to a more comprehensive yet integrated effort to produce low-cost gas from wastes and biomass/waste blends in the near-to midterm, and cost-competitive gas from the much larger biomass resource base in the longer term. A systems approach is utilized to develop and integrate the multidisciplinary technologies to provide supplemental supplies of natural gas in the near term and to meet long-term gas demands in the future.