Biomass Feedstock National User Facility

Located at Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the Biomass Feedstock National User Facility (BFNUF), offers technology and expertise to help the U.S. bioenergy industry overcome biomass challenges during design, scale up and integration of biomass preprocessing facilities. BFNUF researchers specialize in biomass supply and logistics, analysis and sustainability, biomass feedstock preprocessing and feedstock characterization. BFNUF capabilities include the Process Development Unit (PDU), the Bioenergy Feedstock Library and the Bioenergy Feedstock Characterization Laboratory.  

The Process Development Unit (PDU) is a modular, fully integrated, full-size biomass preprocessing system for design and scale-up of bioenergy facilities. The PDU offers toll processing, piloting, third party equipment testing and preprocessing R&D. The PDU has a maximum process rate of five tons per hour and allows partners to test grinding, drying, pelletizing, cubing, torrefaction, and mechanical and chemical separation options.

Feedstocks tested in the PDU include agriculture residues, grasses, woody biomass, municipal solid waste, cellulosic co-product. Over six years of operation, the PDU has processed one thousand tons of feedstocks.