Daniel Klein-Marcuschamer

Director of Technoeconomic Analysis

Research Focus

Our research centers around technical and economic evaluation of biofuel production processes. The approach comprises building models that describe the material and energy flows in a virtual biorefinery (material and energy balances), which become the basis for capital and operating cost calculations. This approach allows investigating the impact of various technologies, research strategies, and business decisions on the economics of biofuel production. Biofuels studied include ethanol, renewable drop-in diesel, renewable aviation fuels, among others.


Technoeconomic Model of Lignocellulosic Biofuels Production

JBEI is developing technoeconomic models of various aspects of lignocellulosic biofuel production. The models can be used to estimate the impact of various market and technology developments on the economics of biofuel and enzyme production.  The models and the assumptions used to construct them have been deposited on the wiki, which allows users to choose the parameter scenarios that are of most interest to them.

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What happened to biofuels?

The Economist, September 7, 2013

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A Wiki for the Biofuels Research Community


Researchers Delve into Enzyme Costs

Ethanol Producer Magazine, April 11, 2012


Cost of biofuels no longer sky high

The Sydney Morning Herald,  May 22, 2013


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A Biofuels Wiki

Science, Oct. 22, 2010

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