Wednesday, March, 29 | 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Session: B1: New Technologies | Track B: Advanced Technologies and Renewable Energy

Abdelhadi Hussein

ICF International | Senior Energy Engineer

Presentation Title:

Lignocellulosic Biofuels Commercialization


Lignocellulosic Biofuels Commercialization: Lignocellulosic biomass is considered a promising feedstock for biofuels production due to its wide availability, and low cost. Most importantly, it does not affect the food chain or competes with plants for human food and animal feed. However, the conversion process has not been economical. The usual biochemical route used requires pretreatment, enzymatic hydrolysis, fermentation, and distillation to transform this lignocellulosic biomass into biofuel, thereby reducing its economic advantages. One promising path for conversion is pyrolysis of the biomass into bio-oil using bio-reactors and its subsequent refinement into transportation fuels using catalytic reactors. This study identifies the temperature, gas flow rate, and catalyst that optimize the yield and quality of the bio-oil produced from the catalytic pyrolysis of biomasses, such as switchgrass. Dedicated perennial energy crops such as switchgrass, crop residues, and forestry biomass are primary lignocellulosic biomass that could potentially displace 30% of the United States current petroleum consumption if used as biofuels [1].


Abdelhadi is the AEE 2022 young energy professional of the year award winner for region two and an Energy Specialist working diligently towards decarbonizing the building and transportation sectors across the United States. Mr. Hussein’s work in energy efficiency managed to achieve over $2.0 million in energy cost savings through collaborating with giant utility clients across the US and building owners to provide them with high-tech energy models detailing complex mechanical, electrical systems and potential conservation opportunities. While working previously as a Biofuels & Renewable Energy Research Assistant, his thesis outlined potential opportunities for utilizing Lignocellulosic Biomass as a reliable source of clean energy through conversion into biofuels. His research work was presented at four International and national conferences and secured two major scholarships from BP and Chevron. Abdelhadi holds a Master’s & Bachelor’s of Science degrees in mechanical engineering and is a certified energy manager.

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