Purpose-designed Lignocellulosic Feedstock Supply Systems
Thursday, May 1, 2014: 4:00 PM
Grand Ballroom F-G, lobby level (Hilton Clearwater Beach)
Maynard Herron1, Glenn Farris2, Fred D. Circle3, Kevin Comer4, Tim Clark4, Gary Kelderman5, Alvin Womac6, Sam W. Jackson7, Kelly Tiller8, Steven E. Taylor9, Dana Mitchell10, Robert B. Rummer11, Frank Corley12, Timothy A. Volk13, Mark Eisenbies14, Brian Stanton15, Rich Shuren16, John Posselius17, Anthony Turhollow18, Erin Webb18, Shahab Sokhansanj18, Kevin L. Kenney19, Christy Sterner20, Roxanne Dempsey20, Sam Tagore21, John E. Ferrell22 and Steven R. Thomas20, (1)AGCO Corp., Hesston, KS, (2)AGCO Corp., Duluth, GA, (3)FDC Enterprises, Inc., Columbus, OH, (4)Antares Group, Inc., Harrisonburg, VA, (5)Kelderman Manufacturing, Inc., Oskaloosa, IA, (6)Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, (7)Feedstock Operations, Genera Energy, LLC, Knoxville, TN, (8)Genera Energy, Knoxville, TN, (9)Biosystems Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, (10)Southern Research Station, U.S. Forest Service, Auburn, AL, (11)University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, (12)Corley Land Services, Chapman, AL, (13)Forest and Natural Resources Management, State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, (14)Forest and Natural Resources Management, State University of New York - College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, (15)Greenwood Resources, Portland, OR, (16)Greenwood Resources, Boardman, OR, (17)Case New Holland, New Holland, PA, (18)Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, (19)Biofuels & Renewable Energy Technologies, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID, (20)Department of Energy, Bioenergy Technologies Office, Golden, CO, (21)Department of Energy, Bioenergy Technologies Office, Washington, DC, (22)retired, DOE-BETO, Milford, DE
In 2009, the Bioenergy Technologies Office (formerly the Biomass Program) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement entitled “Development of Supply Systems to Handle and Deliver High Tonnage Biomass Feedstocks for Cellulosic Biofuels Production” (DE-FOA-0000060).  The intent of this FOA was “to stimulate the design and demonstration of a comprehensive system to handle the harvesting, collection, preprocessing, transport and storage of sufficient volumes of sustainably produced feedstocks required to achieve the rapid expansion of the commercial domestic biofuels industry”.  Five projects were selected for award from this FOA, which together span a variety of crop residues, dedicated herbaceous and woody feedstock crops, as well as system designs.  Recipients of the awards were required to partner with an original equipment manufacturer for the design and fabrication of prototype, field-scale equipment, which was demonstrated extensively during the project period.  Recipients were also required to include a biorefinery partner to assess the suitability of feedstock materials harvested using the new logistics systems in their conversion process.  These five projects are now all approaching completion and have demonstrated novel feedstock logistics systems in real world situations that significantly reduce delivered feedstock cost relative to conventional systems.  This presentation will briefly highlight some of the logistics strategies employed, the equipment designs and efficiencies demonstrated, and show how the logistics-related costs of delivered feedstocks can be significantly reduced through the use of efficient system designs and purpose-designed equipment.