The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed a new biomass analysis tool that allows analysis of biomass products into energy. The approach is based on pyrolysis of the biomass which provides information on the energy content of the fuel.
The approach is interesting but focuses on the lowest value fuel content and not on bioprocess conversion capabilities to generate transportation fuels. Certainly good to be able to look at this worst case scenario as a baseline. Would be ideal if we have progressed to the point where such a calculator could address fermentability based on lignin content or similar.
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