Thermochemical Platform Analysis WBS:

Research output: NRELPresentation


This Thermochemical Platform Analysis project serves to guide biomass thermocatalytic conversion research for significant-volume feedstocks towards higher impact outcomes through techno-economic analysis (TEA); outputs include the quantification of associated sustainability metrics and environmental benefits. The key contribution of this project is to analyze ongoing and new research, as well as explore new and hybrid conversion pathways for biomass and wastes, thus playing a key role in providing actionable metrics for BETO-funded research efforts. Our analyses have shown that thermocatalytic biofuels pathways, with associated coproducts (providing significant sustainability and cost benefits) have the potential to enable the achievement of BETO's ambitious sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production goals while meeting GHG and cost reduction targets. While the analysis of new conversion approaches will continue to be a primary thrust of this project, our efforts also emphasize industrial engagement, and support partnership projects towards the successful deployment of biorefineries by leveraging our analysis knowledge and tools. Facilitating integration with existing facilities and infrastructure, including at petroleum refineries, to enable lower production costs of liquid transportation fuels is another area of analysis under this project.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages49
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2023 U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Project Peer Review, 3-7 April 2023, Denver, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5100-85397


  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • refinery integration
  • sustainability
  • techno-economic analysis
  • thermo-catalytic
  • thermochemical


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