Feedstock Variability and Specification Development

The FCIC Feedstock Variability and Specification Development project overcomes biomass variability challenges that have, to date, hampered continuous operation and reduced yields necessary for economical production of lignocellulosic biofuels and chemicals at commercial scale. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has identified inconsistent and unreliable feeding and handling operations in integrated biorefineries as one of the key challenges related to biomass processing, process scale-up and valorization of waste and co-product streams.

FCIC researchers will identify the key properties that affect reliability/operability and will inform other FCIC projects on these findings to support the development of technological solutions. To accomplish this, the Feedstock Variability and Specification Development project supports the overall goal of improving operational reliability by: 1) investigating the various source of biomass variability and quantifying the range and magnitude of chemical, physical and mechanical properties of biomass that affect operational reliability and conversion performance; 2) understanding fundamental mechanism of key biomass properties impacting on performance; and 3) developing tailored feedstock specifications to meet the requirements of low- and high-temperature integrated conversion processes.

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