Overview of the Regional Bio-Economy Model (RBEM)

Daniel Inman, Steve Peterson, Emily Newes

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Recent decarbonization goals and market pressures (nationally and internationally) have led airlines to commit to aggressive strategies to reduce carbon emissions in their fleet. To better understand possible regional evolution scenarios for SAF supply train, we have developed the Regional Biomass Energy Model (RBEM). RBEM is a dynamic model that can be used to create potential development scenarios for bioenergy fuels within a defined region. In this report, we describe the model and present illustrative results using the Chicago O'Hare Airport as an example.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages32
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-85090


  • biofuel
  • biomass
  • sustainable aviation fuel
  • system dynamics


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