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The structure of BioFuelNet’s research program

BioFuelNet’s structure involves 10 focused projects, each containing multiple work packages, in the areas of feedstock, conversion, utilization and SEES (social, economic and environmental sustainability). Furthermore, 6 Task Forces ensure the integration of multi-disciplinary expertise across the value chain.

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10 Research Projects

1. Purpose-grown feedstock
2. Residues & waste
3. Bioconversion
4. Pyrolysis
5. Gasification
6. Emerging conversion technologies
7. Combustion & engine operations
8. Life cycle analysis & microeconomics
9. Domestic & international policy
10. Supply-chain logistics

See details on projects here.

6 Task Forces

BioFuelNet’s Task Forces aade up of the experts from the relevant Projects as well as outside stakeholders. The Task Forces ensure integration of BioFuelNet’s research across the whole biofuels value chain (from feedstocks to end users). The Task Forces also help address the barriers to a thriving advanced biofuels industry and engage strategic sectors.

1. Integrated biological biorefinery
2. Integrated thermal biorefinery
3. Low-cost sustainable feedstocks
4. Policy
5. Forestry
6. Aviation

4 Themes

BioFuelNet focuses on solving the major bottlenecks under the main elements of the biofuel production chain through the following four research themes:

  • Feedstocks, examining the source of the material used to create the biofuels; the ultimate limitation on how much biofuel can be produced;
  • Conversion, conducting research into the manufacture of fuels and the current major impediment to efficient and cost effective fuel production from non-food biomass;
  • Utilization, focused on the performance of advanced biofuels in engines, including power generation, effects on engine performance and emissions; and
  • Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability (SEES), informing the full production chain regarding broader aspects of sustainability.