The Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado is taking early stage biofuel development to pilot-scale by enabling partners to test conversion technologies on up to one ton of biomass material a day. NREL researchers and operators have the expertise to troubleshoot any potential process complications that could occur during development. On-site chemists can also develop specialized analytical methods to streamline and improve production processes for partners and can help partners develop and utilize these models to estimate market feasibility, cost sensitivities, and environmental sustainability of commercial-scale production of biofuels.
NREL's Thermochemical Users Facility is the nation's leading center for test reactors, filters, catalysts, and other operational tools for biofuel production. In addition to its on-site capabilities, selected partners can also obtain analyses at their own project sites, giving them more options to evaluate pilot scale heat- and pressure-based conversion technologies like gasification and pyrolysis.
These testing facilities are enabling comprehensive assessment, testing, and development of bioenergy technologies. Together, they represent one of the many ways BETO is helping the nation develop reliable, sustainable, and domestic fuel sources and products.