The National Advanced Biofuels Consortium (NABC) is developing cost-effective processes to produce biofuels that are compatible with today's transportation infrastructure.
Led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium includes 17 partners from industry, universities, and national laboratories.
This three-year project is entering into its final year at full force. The feasibility study completed at the end of the first year determined that the Catalysis of Lignocellulosic Sugars (CLS) and Fermentation of Lignocellulosic Sugars (FLS) strategies would continue toward the goal of a pilot-ready process by the end of the consortium. Two other strategies, Hydropyrolysis and Hydrothermal Liquefaction were refocused to address key questions identified by the study. The final year milestones include the completion of detailed process engineering and sustainability assessments.
"Our final year of synergistic research and joint processes are both exciting and proud achievements for the NABC and the Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office. This exceptional project has propelled technologies to deliver a pilot-plant ready process and we look forward to presenting our final report and findings." – Tom Foust, Director, National Advanced Biofuels Consortium
Once commercialized, processes developed by the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium will help the United States increase energy security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and develop new economic opportunities.