BioCycle January 2004, Vol. 45, No. 1, p. 54
Biomass has the potential to become a significant source of renewable hydrogen. Technologies that convert fiber, starches and sugars from trees, woody plants and crops, and food processing residues into useful products and hydrogen are seeing important advances in R&D. Communities and facilities that are rich in these renewable biomass resources have the potential to become energy independent and economically robust. In addition, many of the processes which produce hydrogen from biomass are complementary to those that produce biomaterials. States and communities with large agricultural economies have potential for significant economic development through incorporation of bioenergy into bioindustry.