The Sustainability Analysis team will evaluate the economic feasibility of the three biomass conversion technologies developed in the Biomass Conversion Technology technical area that will use the biomass feedstocks developed in the Feedstock Development technical area, including the costs and benefits of storing carbon on forest sites under carbon cap and trade regulations.
Economic and Social Impacts
We will evaluate the economic and social impacts of implementing the proposed conversion technologies with an emphasis on rural communities, including an estimation of the avoided costs achieved by using forest residues to produce bioenergy products.
We will determine the ecological sustainability of the three conversion technologies, focusing on forest soils (including carbon storage and nutrient cycling), forest productivity, water quality and air quality.
Life Cycle Assessment
We will conduct a life cycle impact assessment for the three conversion technologies including a cradle-to-grave life cycle inventory for each of the individual systems.
Educating and Involving Stakeholders
Involve community stakeholders and other interested parties in the initial development phase of the project to identify and incorporate stakeholder concerns in the project design and implementation and effectively communicate project results and information to these groups to encourage the adoption of the biomass conversion technologies.