Our mission is to enable the coordinated development of biomass resources and conversion technologies by understanding the field-to-fuel impact of feedstocks on biochemical and thermochemical processes.
View all NREL biomass feedstock publications.
Thermochemical Feedstock Performance Testing
We evaluate the "field-to-fuel" performance of industrially relevant feedstocks and blends in thermochemical processes, such as fast pyrolysis, catalytic fast pyrolysis, and gasification, and assess the impact of various feed preprocessing technologies.
Bioconversion Characterization and Performance Testing
We investigate how various types of native and formatted biomass feedstocks, such as the densified and/or blended feedstocks shown in the image, impact the bioconversion, and ultimately the production, of fuels and chemicals needed for a growing economy.
Advanced Feedstock and Product Characterization
We are using advanced analytics to characterize biomass and its thermochemical products, including molecular beam mass spectrometry, x-ray spectroscopy, near-infrared spectroscopy, 2-D gas chromatography, and high-resolution mass spectrometry. Learn more about biomass characterization research at NREL.
Biomass Rheology and Flowability Characterization
We utilize rheological characterization and granular solids flow testing to better understand how physical, chemical, and biological processing impact biomass feeding and handling throughout the biorefinery.
Related and Integrated Programs
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U.S. Department of Agriculture
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The Biomass Feedstocks R&D program acknowledges funding and support from the U.S. Department of Energys Bioenergy Technologies Office.