Program Overview

Biofuels NEWS

9/6/2016: Review of John DeCicco et al. Article titled “Carbon balance effects of U.S. biofuel production and use”

The ERC Biofuels and Bioenergy research cluster is focused on conducting resource assessments for renewable energy and biofuels processes, climate and habitat impact analyses of bioenergy production and biofuels production pathways, as well as combustion emissions modeling of biofuels. 

The ERC Biofuels and Bioenergy research cluster consists of several engineers and economists. A sample of our research topics include:
•    Land use change associated with biofuels production
•    Habitat redevelopment for pollinators on marginal land and utility and transportaion right-of-ways
•    Soil carbon emissions and sequestration modeling
•    Combustion emissions modeling
•    Resource and plant health assessment of biofuels crops
•    Economic assessments of renewable energy and biofuels technologies
•    Combined heat and power systems fueled by renewable resources
•    Greenhouse gas emissions from renewable energy and biofuels production along different production pathways

Employed equipment and tools

•    Argonne National Laboratory's Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) Model as well as the Carbon Calculator for Land Use Change from Biofuels production (CCLUB) model
•    US EPA MOVES (Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator) model
•    Survey research and statistical software tools

Program Contact

Steffen Mueller, PhD.
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Supporting Researcher

Iris Caldwell

UIC Agriculture and Bioenergy Research Center

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