September News Blast: BETO Seeks Stakeholder Input on Achieving High Yields from Algal Feedstocks


Monthly News Blast September 2015

BETO Seeks Stakeholder Input on Achieving High Yields from Algal Feedstocks

blue-green algaeWhile algal biofuels have tremendous potential, most commercial entities cannot currently produce algal biofuels that are cost competitive with petroleum-derived fuels. To help solve this challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) issued a Request for Information seeking input from industry, academia, and other biofuels stakeholders regarding supply systems and services for the cultivation, logistics, and preprocessing of algal feedstocks. This information will help DOE advance algal biofuels and bioproducts research and development. Responses are due by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Sept. 30, 2015.


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BioenergizeME: Are You Up to the Challenge?

Collage of infographics from 2015 BioenergizeME Infographic ChallengeBETO is excited to announce the kickoff of the 2016 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge. This competition challenges teams of high school students to design an engaging infographic that addresses one of four specific bioenergy topics. The challenge provides an ideal opportunity for students to showcase their research, talent, and creativity, while contributing to the expanding bioenergy knowledgebase.

Registration is open September 30, 2015–February 4, 2016. Infographic submissions are due March 4, 2016 by 5 p.m. Central Time. Selected infographics will be promoted nationally on the challenge website, and these selected teams can promote their infographics via social media from April 11–22, 2016. Participants will have access to rubrics and research guides for designing effective social media campaigns and are encouraged to make use of the resources found on the BioenergizeME website to develop their infographics. The winning team will have the opportunity to present their submission at BETO’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. To learn about last year's winners, read the EERE blog post.

Energy Action Month and National Bioenergy Day

Logo for National Bioenergy Day.October is Energy Action Month! To celebrate this month, the Energy Department emphasizes the importance of leading our nation to a secure and sustainable energy future through advancements in science and technology. In support, BETO will showcase bioenergy research and development throughout October and especially on National Bioenergy Day, October 21. On Bioenergy Day, DOE and other energy organizations around the nation will hold events demonstrating bioenergy benefits and opportunities. Visit the National Bioenergy Day: Celebrating Nature’s Energy Source website for more information and to see a listing of all 2015 participants. Throughout the month, BETO will focus on different bioenergy topics, highlighting key achievements in BETO’s project portfolio and featuring exciting news from the bioenergy industry through blogs and news on our website, emails, and social media. The topics covered during the month will be feedstocks, conversion, demonstration and market transformation, and sustainability and analysis.

Bioenergy Twitter Takeover!

Twitter LogoOn September 9, BETO held a live bioenergy-focused Twitter chat, called #SciStuChat. It was a huge success, with over 180 high school students, teachers, and scientists from all over the world tweeting their thoughts on bioenergy-related questions such as "How does/can bioenergy affect you?" and "Why are liquid fuels required for aviation?" Over the course of one hour, the Twitter airwaves were filled with around 1,600 tweets about bioenergy! Visit #SciStuChat on Twitter or the official chat archive to see the entire discussion.

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