Process and process cost analysis research support are provided by the Engineering Scale-Up and Economic Research (SUPER) Support Group to provide support to ARS scientists and engineers in determining research direction and the projected economic prospects for processes that will result from ongoing and proposed research.
Cost studies are also developed to determine the projected cost of different methods of processing new and existing agricultural products. These models support programs throughout ARS and are also used by ARS engineers and scientists to help predict the economic impact of their research
ARS is engaged in a program to reduce the overall cost of producing biofuels. To support this research, models have been developed that describe in detail the ethanol and biodiesel production process and the cost associated with them. These models are based on information provided by biofuels producers, plant designers, and other industry experts and reflect current production practices and are used by ARS engineers and scientist in determining the economic consequences of studied process.
Biofuel, Process and Cost Models Available from ARS