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Transforming Biomass to Bioenergy Feedstocks

The DOE Biomass Program has shaped the vision of a national, commodity-scale feedstock supply system. Much progress has been made in developing and reaching this vision through optimizing biomass logistics - and defining commodity attributes compatible with existing commodity-scale, solids-handling infrastructure. The INL Bioenergy Program's mission is to accomplish a national transformation into renewable and abundant biomass resources through cost-competitive, high performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower.

The Bioenergy Program at INL is focused on transforming biomass from raw forms to customized feedstocks that are optimized for specific conversion processes. INL Bioenergy Program areas include feedstock supply system design and analysis, modeling and analysis of harvesting, collection, and storage systems, and preconversion of advanced feedstocks for bioenergy commodity markets. INL feedstock preprocessing research and development ranges from laboratory-scale applied science, to bench-scale prototyping, to pilot-scale testing and demonstration.

INL manages the DOE-funded Feedstock Process Demonstration Unit (PDU), a flexible pilot-industrial-scale research system for testing feedstock formulation processes, collecting process data, and producing larger quantities of formulated feedstocks for conversion testing. This system, in conjunction with the Biomass Resource Library and characterization laboratories at INL, enable bioenergy developers to test preprocessing technnologies and advance feedstock engineering into the development phase. 

The mission of the Idaho National Laboratory Bioenergy Program is to achieve the DOE vision by developing processes and technologies through applied science and engineering that focus on:

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