Process Development Unit

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.