The ERC Biofuels and Bioenergy research cluster is focused on conducting resource assessments for renewable energy and biofuels processes, as well as climate impact analyses of renewable energy emissions and biofuels production pathways. The ERC Biofuels and Bioenergy research cluster currently consists of three engineers and one economist. A sample of our research topics include:

  • Combined heat and power systems fueled by renewable resources
  • Economic assessments of renewable energy and biofuels technologies
  • Biomass supply sources for electricity generation
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from renewable energy and biofuels production along different production pathways
  • Land use change associated with biofuels production
  • Monitoring of CO2 releases from carbon capture and sequestration projects
  • Resource and plant health assessment of biofuels crops

Employed equipment and tools

Argonne National Laboratory's Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) Model

  • NASA developed hyperspectral sensor with airborne platform
  • ERDAS Imagine, ARC Info, and other GIS software tools
  • Survey research and statistical software tools

Program Contact

Steffen Mueller, PhD.
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