Development of Low Carbon Intensity Feedstock from Diverse Waste Resources for Biofuels and Bioproducts

C. Li
US Department of Energy,
United States

Keywords: biomass, preprocessing, feedstock technologies, renewable carbon resource


The United States has the potential to sustainably produce more than one billion tons of nonfood biomass resource annually by 2040. These biomass resources include agricultural waste, logging residues, municipal solid waste, and dedicated energy crops, all of which can be used to produce renewable transportation fuels and chemicals. The US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) develops strategies and supports technology development to reduce the carbon intensity of the feedstock production, improve the feedstock quality and quantity, and maximize the environmental benefits of using diverse biomass and waste resources. This presentation will discuss the technical challenges and opportunities associated with converting terrestrial diverse waste streams. This presentation will also highlight some recent R&D effort funded by BETO on improving the efficiency and reliability of low carbon intensity feedstock supply chain and developing advanced feedstock preprocessing technologies toward the production of biofuels and bioproducts.