Distributed Processing Series: Taking Advantage of Feedstocks

Originally delivered Feb 3, 2021
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Successful conversion of biomass resources to higher value fuels and chemicals requires an economic and reliable supply of biomass that meets biorefining quality standards. The challenges associated with the natural variability found in most raw biomass resources has resulted in reduced product yields and interruptions in continuous operations at the biorefinery. The current approach of bulk homogenization of these raw feedstocks tends to skew the material quality and performance to the least favorable component. To meet the necessary economic and performance requirements, advanced feedstock supply systems need to be developed that can deliver conversion-ready feedstocks.

A thorough understanding of the variability inherent to raw biomass feedstocks has the potential to yield opportunities for quality and performance improvement through advanced preprocessing technologies. Supply system designs that incorporate all preprocessing, blending, fractionation, sorting, leaching, drying, and other processing operations necessary to transition raw biomass to a feedstock for conversion allows greater opportunities to manage supply risks. One example of managing biomass variability and inherent differential tissue properties is to use separations to remove tissue-specific process contaminants. Drs. Lacey, Wahlen, and Klinger will be discussing the advanced feedstock supply system capabilities of the INL’s Biomass Feedstock National User Facility and examples of research advances in feedstock fractionation technologies and feedstock conditioning.

This webinar is part of the ongoing Education & Workforce Development efforts of the RAPID Manufacturing Institute. Live webinars are free to RAPID Members and available to AIChE Members through the use of member credits. 


Jordan Klinger

Dr. Jordan Klinger is a researcher in Idaho National Laboratory’s Energy Environment Science & Technology directorate. He is involved in biomass feedstock conversion research, designing and conducting experiments to determine relationships between key feedstock attributes and thermochemical conversion performance. He studied at Michigan Technological University, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s in chemical engineering and his doctorate in mechanical engineering.Read more

Jeffrey Lacey

Dr. Jeffrey Lacey is a research scientist at the Idaho National Laboratory in the Biological and Chemical Science and Engineering Department. His experience includes bioenergy research, gene expression profiling, and environmental remediation. His interests lie in feedstock valorization by characterizing the natural complexity of biomass feedstocks and using this information to improve the economics and performance of biomass feedstocks in conversion processes. His current work has focused on biomass feedstock quality improvement through the deconstruction and separation of biomass into fractions with unique physical and chemical properties.Read more

Bradley Wahlen

Dr. Bradley D. Wahlen has been a staff scientist in the Biological Processing Group at Idaho National Laboratory since 2014. He holds baccalaureate and doctorate degrees in biochemistry from Idaho State University and Utah State University, respectively. Brad has a background in microbial metabolism, enzymology, biochemical characterization, mineral processing and biomass preprocessing. Brad is currently working on challenges related to algae biomass and herbaceous feedstock logistics.Read more

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