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Kevin Kenney

Director, Biomass Feedstock National User Facility (BFNUF) LRM - EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office

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Kevin L. Kenney is director of Idaho National Laboratory’s Biomass Feedstock National User Facility. He is responsible for the facility’s outreach, partnership and industry engagement activities, also for project planning and execution, and reporting project impacts to the U.S. Department of Energy. Before taking his present position in 2012, he was principal investigator for INL biomass harvest, collection, and storage research. He developed feedstocks logistics modeling and analysis capability at INL from 2005 to 2007, was lead engineer and developer of an Autonomous Combine Control System CRADA with CNH Global from 2002 to 2005, and received• Recipient of multiple patents in areas of industrial sensing and controls. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s in metallurgical and materials engineering from Colorado School of Mines.


​M.S., Metallurgical and Materials Engineering - Colorado School of Mines

B.S., Metallurgical and Materials Engineering - Colorado School of Mines


​American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)


Kenney KL, Cafferty KG, Jacobson JJ. Feedstock Supply System Design and Economics for Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Hydrocarbon Fuels. Design Pathway: Biological Conversion of Sugars to Hydrocarbons. INL/EXT-13-30342. 2013.


Kenney KL, Smith WA, Gresham GL, Westover TL. Perspectives on Biomass as a Feedstock for Existing Conversion Technologies. Biofuels 4(1), 111-127, 2013.


Bonner IJ, Kenney KL. Moisture Sorption Characteristics and Modeling of Energy Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench). The Journal of Stored Products Research, 52:128-136, 2013.


Smith WA, Bonner IJ, Kenney KL, Wendt LM. Practical Considerations of Moisture in Baled Biomass Feedstocks. Biofuels 4(1), 95-110, 2013.


Tumuluru JS, Wright CT, Kenney KL, Hess JR. A review on biomass densification systems to develop uniform feedstock commodities for bioenergy application, BioFPR, 2011.


Searcy EM, Blackwelder DB, Delwiche ME, Ray AE, Kenney KL. Impact of Screening on Behavior during Storage and Cost of Ground Small Diameter Pine Trees: A Case Study. Forest Products Journal 61(7), 570-578, 2011.


Hess JR, Kenney KL, Wright CT, Perlack R, Turhollow A.  Corn Stover Availability for Biomass Conversion: Situation Analysis.  Cellulose, 16:599-619, 2009.


Hess JR, Wright CT, Kenney KL.  Cellulosic Biomass Feedstocks and Logistics for Ethanol Production.  Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, 1:181-190, 2009.


Foust TD, Ibsen KN, Dayton DC, Hess JR, Kenney KL. 2008. “The Biorefinery.” Biomass Recalcitrance: Deconstructing the Plant Cell Wall for Bioenergy. Ed. Michael Himmel. Oxford:Blackwell, 2008 (book chapter).


Reed L. Hoskinson, Kevin L. Kenney, James R. Lucas, Marvin A. Prickel, 2013, “Autonomous Grain Combine Control System,” Patent 8,469,784, June 25, 2013.


Reed L. Hoskinson, Kevin L. Kenney, Christopher T. Wright, J. Richard Hess, 2011, “Methods of Separating Particulate Residue Streams,” Patent 7,918,721 B2, April 5, 2011.


Reed L. Hoskinson, Kevin L. Kenney, Christopher T. Wright, John R. Hess, 2010, “Particulate Residue Separators for Harvesting Devices,” Patent 7,744,450 B2, June 29, 2010.


Reed L Hoskinson, Kevin L. Kenney, Ben C. Perrenoud, 2007, “Complex Pendulum System Biomass Sensor,” Patent 7,311,013, December 25, 2007.


Reed L. Hoskinson, Richard Hess, Kevin L. Kenney, John M. Svoboda, Thomas D. Foust, 2004, “Method and Apparatus for Selectively Harvesting Multiple Components of a Plant Material,”  Patent 6,729,951, May 4, 2004.


Herschel B. Smartt, Kevin L. Kenney, John A. Johnson, Nancy M. Carlson, Denis E. Clark, Paul L. Taylor, Edward W. Reutzel, 2001, “Method and Apparatus for Assessing Weld Quality,”  Patent 6,236,017  B1, May 22, 2001.

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