January News Blast: Energy Department Announces $15 Million For Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 (ABY2)


Monthly News Blast January 2016

Energy Department Announces $15 Million For Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 (ABY2)

Researcher Sangeeta Negi prepares an algae growth experiment at Los Alamos Research Park.The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) recently announced up to $15 million to develop technologies that use algae for fuels and products that are usually made with petroleum. These algal biofuel intermediates would be refined into liquid transportation fuels such as ethanol, renewable diesel, and renewable jet fuel, and into products such as chemicals and plastics. This is one way our office is working to reduce ‪U.S. dependence on foreign oil and reduce carbon emissions.


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Addendum to NAABB Report Released: Genifuel Corporation

Hydrothermal Processing Pilot System. Courtesy of Genifuel Corporation.In 2010, the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB) was formed to further understand the impacts of algae on overall biomass and liquid transportation fuel production. As part of this effort, Genifuel Corporation set out to fabricate and demonstrate a pilot-scale system to convert algae into fuels. Genifuel has completed and tested the pilot system and released a final report detailing accomplishments and insights from the project. The report is an addendum to the NAABB Report released in 2014.

BETO-Funded Study Offers Methods to Support a Water-Sustainable Bioenergy Industry

BETO’s sustainability work includes assessing water resource use and water quality impacts of bioenergy production. Argonne National Laboratory released a report on BETO-funded research that examines the potential effects of future biofuel production on freshwater resources in the Missouri River Basin and opportunities for bioenergy crops to improve water quality. The study identified four areas that could be associated with increased feedstock production, and demonstrated that increasing the amount of switchgrass acreage in these hot spots could significantly improve water quality. This is one example of how BETO is committed to supporting environmentally sustainable bioenergy production.

BETO Director Shares Highlights from tcbiomass2015

Bioenergy Technologies Office Director Jonathan MaleLearn about recent updates in thermochemical biomass conversion science from BETO Director Dr. Jonathan Male, who discusses exciting breakthroughs presented during tcbiomass2015: The International Conference on Thermochemical Conversion Science in November 2015 in this short video. See Dr. Male highlight some of tcbiomass2015’s hottest topics, including efforts to extend the life of pyrolysis oil upgrading catalysts and methods to utilize existing refinery infrastructure to support the expansion of the bioeconomy.

BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge: Registration Closing Soon!

Collage of winning infographics from the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office's 2015 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge.Don’t miss your chance to participate in the 2016 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge. Registration closes on Feb. 4, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. Central Time, and submissions are due by March 4, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. Central Time. Learn more about bioenergy and showcase your team’s talent and creativity with other students across the United States in this interdisciplinary, STEM-focused challenge. The grand prize recipients will win a trip to Washington, D.C., to display their infographic at BETO’s annual conference. Register now!

USDA’s Bioeconomy Efforts

Biofuels Digest posted an eight-slide guide to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) bioeconomy efforts from the Energy Department’s Valerie Reed, who is currently on detail with USDA’s Office of the Chief Scientist. The guide summarizes the programs, projects, players, and goals in USDA’s bioeconomy work. The Energy Department and USDA collaborate on many projects to advance the bioeconomy.

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