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CX-005196: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Biomass to Liquid Fuels and Electric Power Research
CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
Date: 02/16/2011
Location(s): Alabama
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

Auburn University proposes to use federal funding to research and analyze bio-refining systems for improvements within the process to increase productivity and economic value of electric power, liquid fuels, and other bio-based products. This project will involve five tasks. The first task will be to investigate productivity and economic constraints associated with production, harvest, and transportation of forest biomass. The second task will be to develop and refine techniques for fractionation of forest and agricultural biomass into pure cellulose, hemicelluloses, and lignin components. The third task of this project entails refining fraction methods for conversion of raw biomass to intermediate forms which are more suitable for the global economy. The fourth task of this project will develop and refine process simulation models for biomass gasification and gas conditioning processes for optimization. The fifth task of this project will validate models of Fischer-Tropsch processes for downstream biomass gasification systems.