NREL – Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility (IBRF) – Dust Collection System

The Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility (IBRF) at NREL’s South Table Mountain campus in Golden, Colorado, “enables researchers and industry partners to develop, test, evaluate, and demonstrate processes and technologies for the production of bio-based products and fuels.” For the IBRF Process Development Unit (PDU), 360 Engineering provided prime-consulting and construction administration services to upgrade the dust collection system.

The project scope of work included field evaluations of existing mechanical and electrical conditions, documentation for the removal of existing dust capture system and ductwork in the laboratory, and design for new dust capture systems; hoods and/or snorkels along with new ductwork. Detailed site observations were performed to evaluate the building’s ventilation to determine how the air would move during operations of general exhaust, dust collection exhaust, and a combined exhaust rate.


Golden, Colorado