NSTI Nanotech 2009

Strategic Guidance Tool for Evaluation of Biomass Technologies

V.M. Sharma
Ingenious Inc, US

Keywords: biomass, sustainability, economic, analysis, feedstock, proplan, esterification,strategic, guidance


We have developed a strategic guidance tool, ProPLAN, to analyze various biomass technologies based on certain objective functions. The objective functions in this case will account for quality considerations, environmental impact, economics and resource security. We have analyzed a simple trans-esterification process with corn as feedstock. This tool will have a significant impact in determining the most effective way to spend the investment dollars. It will also identify the focus areas of improvement for the advancement of biomass technologies and job creation.
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