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Roasting Biomass May Be Key Process in Bioenergy Economy

Roasting Coffee Beans Biorefineries may soon rely on a process akin to roasting coffee beans to get more energy-dense biomass. A new collaborative study between Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will investigate whether such roasting can create a more valuable product for the nascent biofuels industry. DOepatents is the U.S. Department of Energy central collection of patent information, where research and development intersect with innovation and invention (view DOE patents related to biomass). This collection demonstrates the Department's considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to today.