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Title: Techno-economic analysis of decentralized biomass processing depots

Decentralized biomass processing facilities, known as biomass depots, may be necessary to achieve feedstock cost, quantity, and quality required to grow the future U.S. bioeconomy. In this paper, we assess three distinct depot configurations for technical difference and economic performance. The depot designs were chosen to compare and contrast a suite of capabilities that a depot could perform ranging from conventional pelleting to sophisticated pretreatment technologies. Our economic analyses indicate that depot processing costs are likely to range from ~US$30 to US$63 per dry metric tonne (Mg), depending upon the specific technology implemented and the energy consumption for processing equipment such as grinders and dryers. We conclude that the benefits of integrating depots into the overall biomass feedstock supply chain will outweigh depot processing costs and that incorporation of this technology should be aggressively pursued.
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  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
  2. Michigan Biotechnology Inst., Lansing, MI (United States)
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Bioresource Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 194; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0960-8524
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Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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United States
09 BIOMASS FUELS; biomass depot; feedstock logistics; advanced biomass supply system; biorefinery; bioeconomy