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INL’s Bioenergy Feedstock Library Offers Tech Resources for Collaborative Research

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Since 2009, Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL) Bioenergy Feedstock Library has provided thousands of biomass, or organic, material (i.e., corn stover, switchgrass, wood chips and wheat straw) data entries to biomass developers, industry, and researchers looking to facilitate collaborative research efforts for solving challenges to using biomass as a commercial-scale energy resource.

The library contains no books, and all of the biomass data is housed at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Biomass Feedstock National User Facility (BFNUF). There are nearly 50,000 database entries, with more than 35,000 physical samples that have been collected from efforts to develop new technologies that turn raw biomass into process material—or feedstock. 

Efforts are now underway to upgrade the library’s capabilities and access to researchers worldwide as a developmental tool. Thanks to mobile upgrades, the library is now accessible to let researchers upload and manage data in real time. This provides a huge advantage to biomass developers as they look to implement big-picture analyses of multiple data sets.

The Biomass Feedstock Library regularly contributes to the research of INL’s industry partners, universities, and collaborators from various DOE laboratories.

To learn more about the Biomass Feedstock Library and its data management tools, visit

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