Biomass and Biofuels

The production of power and fuels from biomass sources is an important step towards achieving greater energy independence. The viability of using specific types of biomass, such as wood waste, agricultural waste, dedicated energy crops, or algae for power and/or fuel production largely depends on:

  • The ability to procure a sustainable feedstock within close proximity to the power plants and refineries
  • The prices of competing electricity and fuel prices in the local market
  • The process efficiencies of the various conversion technologies being considered, such as direct combustion, anaerobic digestion, pyrolysis, biochemical conversion and physicochemical conversion

Navigant's renewable energy consulting team can assist clients in developing optimal biomass and biofuels strategies by:

  • Estimating feedstock resources, resource potential in megawatts (MW) or gallons of fuel produced annually and potential conversion alternatives for the identified resources
  • Evaluating the technical viability, economic attractiveness and market competitiveness of competing alternatives using Navigant's standardized technology and market due diligence process
  • Identifying optimal value chain strategies for various alternatives, such as feedstock production/logistics and business models for project development
  • Providing assessments of partnerships and mergers and acquisition opportunities to help implement the strategy


Biomass / Biofuels Development Strategies

Navigant recently developed biomass power and biofuels industry cluster development strategies for the states of Washington and Colorado. Our consulting team analyzed the U.S. and international biomass power and biofuels markets to identify best practices for encouraging growth in both the supply of and demand for the various technologies. The team also analyzed the technology and market maturity of biomass power and biofuels conversion technologies in order to identify inherent competitive advantages for each state. Finally, our experts developed action plans for each state to enhance the growth of the clusters by addressing gaps in innovation, work force, finance and policy. Currently, both states are in the process of implementing the respective plans.

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