Jian Shi, Seema Singh, and Blake Simmons of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI): research on the successful use of ionic liquids to pre-treat mixed blends of different biofuel feedstocks.

Winemakers have long known that blending different grape varietals can favorably balance the flavor characteristics of the wine they produce. In the future, makers of advanced biofuels might use a similar strategy, blending different feedstock varieties to balance the energy characteristics of the transportation fuel they produce.

A collaborative study by researchers with the DOE’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a bioenergy research center led by Berkeley Lab (LBL), and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has shown that an ionic liquid proven to be effective for pretreating individual biofuel feedstocks is also effective at pretreating multiple different feedstocks that have been mixed and densified into a blend.

Read the LBL news release.