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Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) researchers use standardized, repeatable laboratory techniques to characterize biomass along with advanced capabilities for sample preparation, characterization, and storage analysis to generate high-quality data on biomass feedstocks. These data allow researchers with expertise in integration and startup of bioenergy plants to evaluate the impact of biomass characteristics on storage, processing, conversion, and yield. 

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) Biomass Compositional Analysis Technologies Team characterizes the chemical composition of:

  • Biomass feedstocks
  • Intermediates
  • Products.

In addition to producing comprehensive biomass analysis results and standard biomass laboratory procedures, they can customize analytical methods for new sample types.

Learn more about NREL’s biomass compositional analysis capabilities.

Idaho National Laboratory’s Biomass Characterization Laboratory capabilities include:

  • Chemical composition
  • Thermochemical feedstock properties
  • Rapid-screening techniques
  • Particle-size distribution and morphology
  • Microscopy and imaging
  • Pycnometry and porosimetry
  • Rheology
  • Lignin chemistry
  • Biomass storage simulation.


For more information, contact the FCIC.

Other Consortium Research and Capabilities

Learn about all of FCIC’s research areas and capabilities.

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