The National Advanced Biofuels Consortium (NABC) is a partnership of 17 industry, national laboratory, and university members that is developing technologies to convert lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks to biofuels that are compatible with the existing transportation infrastructure. The NABC will integrate these technologies with existing refineries and distribution networks.
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With $35 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and $14.5 million of partner funds, National Advanced Biofuels Consortium partners are:
The National Advanced Biofuels Consortium investigated six process strategies with the greatest potential to meet the project objectives. Each process involves converting biomass feedstock, such as corn stover or wood chips, into a form that can be used in a petroleum refinery. These new and innovative approaches can advance the commercialization and adoption of advanced biofuels.
The National Advanced Biofuels Consortium will complete two research stages.
During Stage One, the consortium researched all six process strategies to determine whether technical and economic barriers can be overcome to develop a pilot-ready process in a three-year period. Sustainability and technoeconomic analyses will guide the research program. After one year, the consortium completed a feasibility study to determine which process strategies were most likely to succeed.
In September 2011, the NABC announced the initial selection of two "drop-in" biofuels technology pathways that will advance to the next development stage: Fermentation of Lignocellulosic Sugars (FLS) and Catalysis of Lignocellulosic Sugars (CLS). Two other strategies, Hydropyrolysis and Hydrothermal Liquefaction were refocused to address key process areas.
In Stage Two, the selected processes move toward the pilot scale. The National Advanced Biofuels Consortium will engineer processes to be integrated with current petroleum refining infrastructure. At the end of the three-year project, the consortium will deliver a technology package that includes a pilot plant-ready process, a detailed design and engineering report, and a life-cycle analysis.