Ed Jennings

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Personal Profile

Ed Jennings has over 25 years of experience in the renewable energy/biotechnology industry with an emphasis on fermentation research and development, pretreatment conversion technologies, and enzymatic hydrolysis optimization, incorporating the latest advances in the field. Additionally, he has scientific validation experience, including assessing adequacy of project facilities, quality assurance and quality control programs, observing on-site validation experiments, verifying process economic data, and confirming performance claims. His present role is Pilot Plant Operations Manager of the Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility Biochemical Conversion Pilot Plant, a pilot-scale conversion facility for researchers, industry partners, and stakeholders to test a variety of biochemical conversion processes and technologies. 

Research Interests

Process integration and scale-up

High solids bio-reactor designs

Improved solid-liquid separations technologies

Techniques to improve microbial fermentation systems.

Professional Experience

Pilot Plant Operations Manager, NREL (2014–present)

Scientist I through Scientist III, NREL (2003–2014)

Process Development Tech through Senior Research Technician, NREL (1995–2003)

Bioprocess Operator I–II, Synergen, Inc. (1992–1994)

Education/Academic Qualification

Certificate, LOSA training, Battelle

Certificate, Gensym G2 Object Oriented Programming, Gensym Training Center

Certificate, Practical Process Control for Engineers & Technicians, ID Communications

Certificate, Fermentation Technology, Professional Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bachelor, Environmental Science, SUNY Plattsburgh


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