J. Richard Hess

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Energy and Environment Science & Technology, Programs Office, Idaho National Laboratory

United States of America




Role in Task and related activities

Task 40 National Team Leader for the U.S. (since January 1, 2008)

Activities include market development, biomass resource diversity, regional transition in existing bioenergy market, bio-based value chain in bio-economy, and BECCS development.

What the world should know about me

Holds a doctorate in plant sciences from Utah State University. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s in botany from Brigham Young University. Richard’s technical background is Bioenergy, focused on the cost-effective use of lignocellulosic crop residues in biorefining operations. His technical accomplishments and publications focus on the preparation of a higher-value biomass feedstock, and development of advanced feedstock preprocessing systems, including construction of such pilot scale systems.

Following graduate school, he served as an Agriculture Congressional Science Fellow in the Washington, D.C., office of Sen. Thomas Daschle. In this role, he supported many national agriculture research issues, including new and industrial uses of agricultural products, federal grain inspection standards and plant variety protection.