The next step to accelerate commercialization of biorefineries is the mass production of biomass processing modules. Biomass processing modules can be fabricated at a central construction facility with modern manufacturing practices, including automation, sensors and controls, and lean and agile manufacturing. This approach has proven successful in the airline, vehicle, and consumer product industries and could be the missing piece to rapid growth in advanced biofuel production.
A group of representatives from research, academia, industry, and government met in May 2015 at the Energy Manufacturing Workshop to lay the groundwork for further research in this area.
Materials from the Energy Manufacturing Workshop 2015
Energy Manufacturing Workshop, Jonathan Male
Cool Planet Energy Systems (CPES): Path to Commercialization, Daren Daugaard
Modularization in Automation, Kelli Malloy
Feedstock Manufacturing, Kevin Kenney
Standardarization/Modularization of Processes, Philip Keith
Modularization in Total Systems Integration, Rudi Roeslein
Modularisation of Bioenergy Systems, Tony Bridgwater
Participant List (PDF)
Chemical Conversion via Modular Manufacturing: Distributed, Stranded, and Waste Feedstocks Workshop, Dec. 2-4, 2015, St. Louis, MO (By invitation only).
Energy Manufacturing Workshop 2015, May 11-12, 2015