“Low-cost feedstock” is a common term in the bioeconomy, with many simply equating this to “waste”. Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms certainly have experts in feedstocks, as well as the more common areas like biofuels and renewable fuels, biomaterials, biomass and biomass power, and biotechnologies. These larger consulting groups, normally also have expertise in other biofuels areas like algae biofuels, aviation/bio jet fuels, ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, advanced biofuels, biodiesel, renewable diesel, renewable natural gas, renewable and biochemicals, biogas, syngas, biochar, bio coals, biobutanol, pyrolysis oil, and producer gas, wood pellets.
There was a time when restaurants paid to ship out their waste cooking oils and greases. While most restaurants now see the value and sell those wastes, the question of what constitutes a “low-profit feedstocks” always arises in biofuels and biomass projects. The first DOE Billion Ton Study (BTS) showed that over 1 billion tons of biomass was available in 2005 and theorized that it could displace 30% of the fossil fuels like gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels. The concern then was its availability. In 2011, the Billion-Ton Update (BT2) qualified these volumes with those that truly had existing markets. This economic availability determined that the target price of $60 per dry, metric tonne bone dry metric tonne excluded some biomass that commanded higher prices. The 2016 Update focused on pathways in the context of economic availability, with the recognition that many feedstocks and materials fit into existing markets. The hope of experts in the field is that the next Billion-Ton Report will look at the Profit & Loss (P&L) expected by the entities providing the biomass to the markets.
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