The Bioprocessing Separations Consortium works to move cost-effective, high-performing separations technologies to market faster through coordinated research at the national laboratories that targets challenges relevant to industry and the U.S. Department of Energy, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) pathways.
Focusing on challenges in separations encountered in biochemical and thermochemical conversion processes, the Consortium engages teams from six national laboratories, including Argonne National Laboratory (lead), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Representatives from the national laboratories convened in 2015 to assess key separations challenges in BETO’s priority pathways from cellulosic feedstocks to hydrocarbon fuels. Interactions with our industrial advisory board and a broader group of industry that was convened at a listening day in 2017 (report posted here) have informed the evolution of our research portfolio. Overarching themes addressed in the consortium include biomass fractionation, recovery of dilute carbon from aqueous streams, purification, process improvements, and catalyst preservation.