The Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) is developing techno-economic analysis (TEA) and life cycle assessment (LCA) tools to enable valuation of intermediate streams and quantify impact of feedback variability at both a unit-operations and system level.
This crosscutting analyses research provides feedback and guidance to all FCIC tasks, helping bound problems and define the research space. It ensures FCIC activities are techno-economically relevant at a commercial biorefinery scale.
The approach explores trade-off analyses with FCIC teams to evaluate mitigation strategies required to overcome feedstock variability and determine the costs/benefits to these options.
The research will result in a system-level understanding of how feedstock variability affects underlying economics and sustainability metrics through the entire value chain.
The TEA and LCA tools developed will enable developers to quantify the impact of feedstock variability on a project’s economic and sustainability metrics. Also, their systems-level integration will enable biorefinery operators to make the most appropriate feedstock choices for their operations.
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