At NREL's state-of-the-art bioenergy research facilities, researchers design and optimize processes to convert renewable biomass feedstocks into transportation fuels, chemicals, and products. These facilities are available for testing feedstocks, processes, technologies, and equipment at laboratory to pilot scales. Government agencies, universities, and a variety of industries have taken advantage of the flexibility offered by these facilities to evaluate and validate their process options.

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Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility

With multiple labs and a biochemical conversion pilot plant, researchers and industry partners use this facility to develop, test, evaluate, and demonstrate bioenergy processes and technologies.

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Thermal and Catalytic Process Development Unit

In a timely and cost-effective manner, this facility offers partners the capability to test and develop reactors, filters, catalysts, and other bioenergy conversion unit operations.