Techno-Economic and Life-Cycle Analysis

Techno-economic and life cycle analyses identify how to improve economic feasibility and minimize environmental impact.

Learn more about techno-economic analysis and life cycle assessment in this video by ABF researchers.

Techno-economic analysis (TEA)

Techno-economic analysis is a powerful tool that quantifies the impact research and development have on the economics of an integrated process. 

Collaborators can use our techno-economic analysis modeling capabilities to understand critical factors in equipment design and operation, scale-up, and broader implications for integrating their process in an overall biorefinery context, as well as to quantify economics for any bioproduction pathway of interest. 

We are currently leveraging techno-economic analysis modeling to establish multi-variable cost scans over key parameters of interest to Agile BioFoundry bioprocessing, such as product selling prices over a range of titer/rate/yield metrics. These scans will highlight important cost drivers, trends, and differences across the full metabolic space within our research scope, reflecting representative beachhead metabolic pathways and products of interest to Agile BioFoundry and industry. 

Life-cycle analysis (LCA)

We use the GREET® (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy used in Technologies) model to help collaborators understand the environmental impact of a fuel or bioproduct from a supply chain perspective — from feedstock production to the final product. 

The results of life-cycle analysis modeling can identify the environmental benefits of bio-derived chemicals and fuels. They can also identify primary drivers and technical barriers along the supply chain. Learn more about GREET.