(348e) Techno-Economic Evaluation of Lignocellulosic Biofuels As a Function of Pretreatment Technology
In order to facilitate widespread adoption, biofuels must be produced in an economically viable and environmentally sustainable way. While lignocellulosic biofuels have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to fossil fuels and first-generation biofuels, they are still expensive compared to these alternatives. One of the main aims of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) is thus developing technologies to reduce production costs and accelerate the adoption of biofuels. Economic viability of these technologies can be gauged by detailed techno-economic analysis based on rigorous models. Previous work from JBEI and other groups [1-5] has demonstrated the invaluable insight such analyses offer to better understand the current state of these technologies and the effect that innovation can have in lowering production costs. In the current work, various biofuel production pathways were studied using a techno-economic model built using SuperPro that are based on the pretreatment technologies being developed by the community, with particular emphasis on the advances generated by JBEI. The economic potential of these pathways will be described, evaluated, and discussed.
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