Projects in Integrated Biorefinery Processes
NREL is focused on integrating all the biomass conversion unit operations. With extensive knowledge of the individual unit operations, NREL is well-positioned to link these operations together at the mini-pilot and pilot scales.
Among the integrated biorefinery projects are:
Sorghum to Ethanol Research Initiative
Sorghum shows promising characteristics as a feedstock for biofuel production. However, little basic research data exists. NREL is performing integrated research on sorghum by studying it at every step along the biomass conversion process: compositional analysis, bench-scale pretreatment, enzymatic saccharification and fermentation screening, pilot-scale trials, and technoeconomic and life cycle assessment.
Biochemical Process Integration
Researchers are investigating and improving the biochemical conversion process as a whole. The goal is to demonstrate pilot-scale performance that meets the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office's ethanol cost target of $1.33/gallon.
Learn about capabilities in integrated biorefinery processes.