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Frequently Asked Questions:

Our data base tracks a wide variety of information. First, Meta data, which is any background information that may be associated with feedstocks. (Harvest location, harvest and process dates, types of equipment used in processing, fertilizer applications, rain fall, etc.) Second, processing methods, which tracks all physical and environmental changes a feedstock may have undergone, generating a sample hierarchy. Third, and most importantly, all analysis data and analytical procedures used to determine feedstock characteristics.
  • The Bioenergy Feedstock Library is a secure location to store your data. Your data can be made public for all users to view, or held privately until ready for release.
  • A unique system that allows you to compare your data with other data sets across the nation and in some cases, internationally.
  • The flexibility of the Library allows users to load their own analytical procedures which then you may compare data sets with other analytical procedures.
  • A User has ability to have publications seen and be cited. Also, have access to other publications and the data sets associated with them.
  • Collaborate with other teams from academia, industry and government research entities on a global level.
That’s easy! Register for an account on our website under the Login/Register link . A library administrator will review your request, and then notify you when your account has been activated.
Projects are fantastic ways to keep all of your data in one location inside the data base. With new users each week, they create a "title" or "Project" of their choosing, linked directly to their facility, with the ability to manage their samples and list their analysis results. Have multiple Projects? Not a problem! We can generate as many Projects that you may need, and have them connected to your institution.
Once you have a user account, you will be able to search the sample database by feedstock, projects, analysis types, and more. Look for specific feed stocks from a multitude of locations. Want to know about ash content? Start your search in our analysis data, and down select your feedstocks of interest from there. The search capabilities are endless! Not only that, you can export all information that you are interested in straight into Excel.
A GUID is a Global Unique Identifier. Our Bioenergy Feedstock Library uses a 32 number barcoding system, or GUID, that is assigned to each sample uploaded into our data base. Each sample will have a “unique” number associated with it for tracking purposes, and to upload analysis data associated with that sample.
Hierarchy is the "family tree" so to speak of each sample. The Bioenergy Feedstock Library has a unique capability of tracking the family heritage of a sample. This could range from the physical changes a sample may have undergone prior to analysis, up to the harvest location, plot, field, etc. It is a fantastic visual tool that helps Users understand the full process and sample background in one display.
Reference Material is a variety of different Feedstocks that have had extensive analysis performed on them at Idaho National Laboratories. INL has procured and tested biomass materials for use in research applications. These materials are available by request to other researchers.
From the home page (, simply go to Biomass Info. From there, you may request the feedstocks of interest by filling out a short form. Please look at the data sheets for the biomass available. These pdf files contain valuable information on the feedstock characteristics.
Please contact any of our friendly and helpful Library Administrators (Contact Information found on our Bio Page), and they will gladly walk you through the process. Once it is determined what type of data and tracking you are interested in, we will help to set up a specific template to get you started.
This is a very powerful tool that pulls attribute values from sample data sets stored in the Library. This is very beneficial in visualizing different varieties of feedstock characteristics.
The Analysis Summary is a fantastic way to see graph, showing all types of data and feedstocks in one spot. This tool pulls all information at once, to show a user what types feedstocks and associated data is stored in the Library. Please show some patience, this takes a few minutes to load, but well worth the wait!!
The Blend Prediction Tool is a phenomenal way to predict blend characteristics. You simply pick the types of feedstocks and what percentages you may use for your blend, and this Tool pulls analysis information from the library to “predict” the types of characteristics for your newly created blend!
The LCF Toolset is a powerful and flexible tool for examining the ways in which bioenergy scenarios scale from initial deployment to market saturation taking into account issues of competition, supply availability, transportation logistics, and feedstock blend quality. Its readily adaptable design allows users to rapidly adapt it to examine new and novel approaches as they are imagined.
Please use the following text for citations: U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho National Laboratory. "Bioenergy Feedstock Library." (accessed, Date)