Life-Cycle and Technoeconomic Analysis

Bioenergy research is driven by the need to mitigate climate change, ensure future energy security, improve human and ecological health, and create domestic employment opportunities. The Life-Cycle and Technoeconomic Analysis team conducts rigorous technoeconomic and environmental modeling during the early stages of research to help JBEI maximize the commercial viability and positive impact of its technologies. The LCA/TEA team has modeled the cost impacts of engineered feedstocks with reduced lignin content, evaluated a variety of pretreatment configurations with novel solvents and enzyme cocktails, and maintains an online wiki-based technoeconomic model. Researchers in the LCA/TEA team link chemical process models, life-cycle assessment tools, and geospatial modeling tools to provide a more complete assessment of the economic and environmental tradeoffs along each route to produce biofuels and bioproducts from lignocellulosic biomass.


  • Comparison of ionic liquid pretreatment processes on the basis of cost, energy, and life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions
  • Quantifying the potential impact of engineering salt- and drought-tolerant feedstocks
  • Life-cycle cost and environmental impact assessment of hybrid biological/catalytic hydrocarbon fuel pathways

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JBEI Expert Corinne Scown explains Techno-Economic Analysis

Leaving on a Biofueled Jet Plane

Amit Gokhale and Corinne Scown were leaders of an EBI research team that developed a catalytic process for converting sugarcane biomass into a new class of aviation fuel and lubricant base oils. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt)

From Sugarcane to Jet Fuel

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Researchers Find Sweet Source for Aviation Biofuel

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What happened to biofuels?

image source The Economist

Photo: The Economist

Cost of biofuels no longer sky high


Photo: Craig Abraham

Researchers Delve into Enzyme Costs


A Wiki for the Biofuels Research Community


A Biofuels Wiki


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