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​​Announcement! An online workshop was held on January ​21, 2021 at ​11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon (Mountain Time).  The vison for the facility is here: INL_2020 Biomass Feedstock National User Facility Plan.pdf​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Follow-up message to workshop - Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop on the Biomass Feedstock National User Facility (BFNUF) Upgrade. We appreciate your feedback and will use it to improve the upgrade of the facility. If you have any further comments or thoughts please put them into GroupMap at this link. Attached you will find the slides for the presentation attached as well as the DOE reports I referenced during the workshop presentation. If you have questions, or would like to discuss the upgrade in more detail, please reach out to me at the email address or phone numbers below.

Luke Williams, PhD, Research Scientist

E:, P: 208-526-4042, C: 208-351-2016

BFNUF Upgrade Workshop.pdf



One of the most complete feedstock preprocessing R&D facilities in the world

Click for a tour of the Biomass Feedstock National User Facility​ ​



​​​​The Biomass Feedstock National User Facility (BFNUF) offers technology and expertise to help the U.S. bioenergy industry overcome biomass challenges during scale up and integration of biomass preprocessing facilities. 

BFNUF researchers specialize in: 

  • ​​Supply and ​logistics
  • Analys​is and sustainability
  • ​​Preprocessing
  • Characterization​
BFNUF capabilities include:
  • A full-scale, fully-integrated Process Development Unit​. The feedstock preprocessing plant's modular design allows industry partners to customize process flow and insert third-party equipment to pilot a wide range of biomass preprocessing options.
  • An organized, secure Biomass Feedstock Library​. This resource of information about the physical, chemical and conversion performance characteristics of biomass is designed to help overcome challenges posed by biomass variability.
  • A Biomass Characterization Laboratory to help pinpoint important biomass variables, such as particle size, composition and flowability. Researchers understand connections between material properties, processing conditions and feedstock quality.
Industrial-scale feedstock production for all phases of biomass R&D, producing any feedstock to any specifications at any scale.
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Comprehensive preprocessing capabilities and data analysis. Corn Leaf
Physical repository and database of biomass feedstock quality attributes that support research, provides fundamental data on biomass characteristics.


Accessing the User Facility

There are two ways to access the INL Biomass Feedstock National User Facility:

  • User Facility Agreement: Contact Ben Louderback, (208) 526-8330
    • Each party will bear its own costs and expenses associated with the agreement. No money will be transferred to or from either party as consideration, in whole or in part of the agreement.
    • Users and Participants are subject to the administrative and technical supervision and control of Contractor; and will comply with all applicable rules of Contractor and the Department of Energy with regard to admission to and use of the User Facility.
    • User understands that Contractor will have sole responsibility and discretion for allocating and scheduling usage of the User Facility and equipment needed for or involved under the agreement.
    • All agreement terms and conditions are non-negotiable.
    • Work performed within agreement is nonproprietary.
  • Strategic Partnership Project Agreement
    • Allows for the performance of work for non-Department of Energy (DOE) entities by DOE personnel and/or the utilization of DOE facilities that are not directly funded by Department of Energy appropriations. These partnerships allow others access to the Department of Energy's immense and unique research, development, and manufacturing facilities on a fully reimbursable basis. There is a standardized format for the Terms & Conditions for subjects such as intellectual property, patent rights, funding, and payment.

Agreement Point of Contact

Contact for more specific agreement details.