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The Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) is an integrated and collaborative network of nine U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories dedicated to addressing the technical risks that integrated pioneer biorefineries face. The goal of the FCIC is to develop science-based knowledge and tools to understand biomass feedstock and process variability, improving overall operational reliability, conversion performance, and product quality across the biomass value chain.

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Research Areas

Feedstock Variability
Quantifying and understanding feedstock variability range and sources to reduce it.
Developing science-based design and operation principles to improve performance.
Low-Temperature Conversion
Mitigating the risks of feedstock variability on the conversion of sugar and lignin.
High-Temperature Conversion
Enabling reliable flow and conversion behavior with pyrolysis operational mapping.
Techno-Economic Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment Tools
Enabling intermediate stream valuation and quantifying feedback variability impact.
Materials Handling
Enabling continuous, steady, trouble-free bulk flow transport to the reactor throat.
Materials of Construction
Predicting and addressing biorefinery equipment wear.
Data Integration
Ensuring data are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable.

Capabilities and Facilities

Biomass Feedstock
Employing a feedstock library and models to determine moisture migration and to quantify logistics costs.
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Biomass Characterization
Using standardized lab techniques to characterize biomass and generate high-quality feedstock data.
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Developing tools for biomass flow modeling and equipment wear modeling.
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Leveraging robust National Laboratory expertise at field testing labs, process development units, and user research facilities.
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Techno-Economic Analysis
Providing life cycle assessment, techno-economic analysis, and supply analysis and logistics.
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Papers and reports have been published concerning FCIC research. Review a list of publications.


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The FCIC is led by a principal investigator and project manager, three DOE technology managers, eight task leads, and laboratory relationship managers.

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The FCIC consists of nine DOE National Laboratories and an Industry Advisory Board, as well as industry, university, and other DOE consortia partners.

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Questions about the consortium? Contact Ed Wolfrum at the FCIC.