| Processing Steps
Various "platforms" convert biomass into useable products using chemicals, enzymes, or heat. However, before these platforms can perform, biomass must be supplied in a conversion-friendly form. The biomass is often referred to as "feedstock" though the application is for an industrial conversion and not as animal feed. Processing the biomass feedstock, or bioprocessing, often involves the handling, drying, grinding, and pre-separation of plant parts.
This website primarily focuses on biomass grinding (or size reduction), separation, and the integration of these two processing steps.
Innovative size reduction of biomass reduces energy use, increases ease of bulk handling, increases density, reduces transportation costs, and facilitates efficient separation. Improved physical separation of biomass concentrates higher value components, returns unused plant components to soil, decreases bulk for wet separation processes, decreases drying energy, and improves transportation and use of a voluminous, chemically diverse feedstock.