Biomass energy calculator developed

By , March 4, 2013 7:30 pm

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.

For more information see:

http://www.oemoffhighway.com/blog/10887343/speeding-up-the-biomass-analysis-process

http://www.nrel.gov/news/features/feature_detail.cfm/feature_id=2127

One Response to “Biomass energy calculator developed”

  1. AES says:

    A fine example of the long term benefits of investing in biomass. Its great to see it expanding geographically too. I myself have seen a great increase in Kent, UK, which aptly fits with the garden of England title. So good to see this great energy source being put to such use on a global scale. It’s only natural to see that places such as the states are the foremost pioneers of implementing biomass as an alternative, renewable energy source, but it’s great to see biomass really taking off. Renewable energy sources are becoming more and more important in this world of mass consumption.
    Keep up the good work

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