Many challenges facing today’s biorefineries stem from the fact that, unlike grain or coal, the physical, chemical and mechanical characteristics of biomass can vary widely. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and eight national laboratories formed the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) to help solve these challenges. Together with industry and university partners, FCIC researchers are working to gain a better understanding of how biomass properties effect biorefinery throughput and yield. With that knowledge, the FCIC will create strategies to improve supply, preprocessing and conversion designs. Click here to view the presentation and here to view the video.
The Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) is an integrated and collaborative network of eight national laboratories dedicated to fundamental understanding and addressing of technical risks in developing and scaling up biomass collection, storage, handling, preprocessing and conversion technologies with the goal of enabling the overall operational reliability improvement of integrated pioneer biorefineries. The laboratories included are:
- Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
- Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
- Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
- Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)
The FCIC, initiated by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), helps match industrial technology development teams with necessary expertise and equipment that resides at DOE's national laboratories.
The FCIC addresses biomass feed-handling issues while maintaining low- and high-temperature conversion performance. This consortium will leverage the expertise and relationships between national lab core capabilities, industry, and BETO leadership to collectively achieve the consortium goal of performing fundamental research and development to overcome technical risks in biomass supply, preprocessing, and conversion processes and enabling the overall operational reliability improvement of pioneer biorefineries. Addressing the issues plaguing the nascent lignocellulosic biofuel industry will develop new agricultural revenue streams, create domestic jobs, and maintain energy security while reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
FCIC was officially launched at a kickoff meeting at NREL on December 11, 2017, where BETO and industry and academic stakeholders reviewed the consortium’s research goals and provided recommendations to ensure the FCIC is focused on solving industry-relevant problems. Please click the links below for the FCIC overview and technical presentations from the kickoff meeting:
- FCIC Kickoff Meeting: Welcome and Overview
- FCIC Kickoff Meeting: Feedstock Variability
- FCIC Kickoff Meeting: Feedstock Physical Performance Modeling
- FCIC Kickoff Meeting: Process Integration
- FCIC Kickoff Meeting: System-wide Throughput Analysis
- FCIC Kickoff Meeting: Process Control and Optimization
Questions? Contact FCIC@inl.gov.