Bioenergy and Biofuels

biofuelsKey words: biomass, biofuels, biodiesel, biochar, biocoal, algae, hydrochar, hydrothermal carbonization, hydrothermal liquefaction, thermal conversion, pellets, fuel properties, fuel specifications, life-cycle assessment

DRI has extensive experience in the fields of biomass, bioenergy, and biofuels. Along with its research partners, DRI has worked with a wide range of thermochemical processes to convert woody, herbaceous, and algal biomass to biofuels. We have in-house capabilities to produce solid biofuels (chars) and aqueous products from hydrothermal processing of lignocellulosic and algal feedstocks at scales from 2 g to 3 kg. We also have a good understanding of transportation fuel production and distribution systems, as well as fuel properties, performance, specifications, and life-cycle analysis.

Specific Capabilities:

  • Solid biofuels from thermal treatment of biomass
    • Woody, herbaceous, and algal feedstocks
    • Torrefaction, pyrolysis, hydrothermal carbonization, and hydrothermal liquefaction
    • Production of bio-coal
  • Biochar applications
    • Physical/chemical characterization of chars
    • Pelletization and pellet characterization
    • Soil/plant applications
    • Blends of biochars and coal
  • Fuels consulting
    • Fuel regulations – conventional fuels and renewable fuels
    • Biomass conversion technologies
    • Fuel properties, performance, and specifications
    • Fuel production and distribution systems
    • Life-cycle assessment (LCA) of fuel systems


  • Biomass producers
  • Biofuel producers and users
  • Researchers, educators, regulators, and businesses interested in biofuels

Contact information:

  • Contact information:  S. Kent Hoekman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (775) 674-7065

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