Bioenergy Feedstock Library

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Abstract: The Bioenergy Feedstock Library (BFL) database was originally designed, and is currently used, as an all-encompassing sample tracking and data management system for storing, managing, and visualizing samples and data for bioenergy resources and feedstocks. To date, the BFL stores and tracks metadata and analytical data for more than 70,000 samples; making it one of the largest bioenergy resource data repositories globally available. This data is comprised of, but not limited to, agricultural and management practices, environmental conditions, field and county level locations, harvest dates and conditions, physical and chemical processing parameters, and conversion parameters along with key physical and
chemical characteristics for samples throughout these life cycle steps. The main objective of the BFL is to provide an industrially useful information for informing variability in key biomass and feedstock properties using the detailed metadata tracked within the database.
Model/Tool Platform:
Web Application,, Microsoft SQL Server
General Modeling Type:
Hybrid / other: Geospatial Database Web Application with Statistics
Primary analytical purpose:
Database: Database that is public or could be made public to facilitate modeling and analysis.
Secondary analytical purpose:
Website: Online tools.
Metric categories:
  • Environmental:
    • Environmental Productivity (feedstock-related, e.g., NPP or yield)
Geospatial resolution:
Temporal resolution:
INL - Idaho National Laboratory
Principal investigator:
Rachel Emerson
Model start year:
Model last updated:
Development status:
Fully Developed with periodic updates
Level of validation/review:
External Peer Review / Publicly Released
Model scope:
Supply chain elements
Biomass Supply
Feedstock Logistics
End Use
  • Feedstock Types
    • Starch
    • Sugar Crops
    • Oil Crops
    • Fiber Crops
    • Cover Crops and Hay
    • Agricultural Residues
    • Herbaceous Energy Crops
    • Forest Resources
    • Woody Energy Crops
    • Solid Wastes (e.g., MSW, C&D, yard trimmings)
    • Algae
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Analytical Purpose
Supply Chain Elements
Biomass Supply
Feedstock Logistics
End Use

Feasibility / Implementation Models

Least Cost Formulation Spatial Tool (LCF)
Supply chain elements: Biomass Supply, Feedstock Logistics
Overall Operation Effectiveness Model (OOEM)
Supply chain elements: Biomass Supply, Feedstock Logistics

Data Compilation Tools

Bioenergy Feedstock Library
Supply chain elements: Biomass Supply
Information last updated: Sep. 17, 2019 13:45:46 EDT