March News Blast: Breaking through Technology Barriers to Achieve a Stronger Bioeconomy


Monthly News Blast March 2016

Save the Date for the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Annual Conference—Bioenergy 2016

Logo for Bioenergy Technologies Office's annual conference, Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through InnovationSave the Date! On July 12–14, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host its ninth annual conference—Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation. Hear directly from leading bioenergy experts from the public and private sectors, including government agency officials, academic researchers, members of Congress, industry representatives, and scientists from the national laboratories. Partnering with the Clean Energy Research and Education Foundation, this year's conference will focus on opportunities to grow future feedstock supplies and to break through technology barriers to achieve a stronger bioeconomy.


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BETO Releases 2016 Multi-Year Program Plan

Cover page of Bioenergy Technologies Office Multi-Year program Plan, 2016 UpdateThe 2016 update of the BETO Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP) is now available online with new and updated milestones for each of BETO’s program areas. The new version also includes the Algae Farm Design Case and an adjustment to a dollar-year basis of 2014$ from 2011$ to account for inflationary effects on biofuel and bioproduct production costs. Take a look! BETO’s MYPP serves as an operational guide to help BETO manage and coordinate its activities. It also serves as a vehicle to communicate BETO’s mission, goals, and plans to stakeholders and the public. It details the Office’s research, development, demonstration, market transformation, and crosscutting activities for the coming years and outlines how these activities are important for meeting the energy and sustainability challenges facing the nation.

NREL Updates Survey of Advanced Biofuel Producers in the United States

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) updated its annual survey of advanced biofuel producers in the United States. The survey report provides an inventory of the industry and documents important changes that have occurred since the publication of the original 2013 survey. This update provides continued insight on the current status of the advanced biofuels industry in the United States, including industry choices and direction, and it will help inform research and development efforts aimed at producing cost-competitive biofuels from non-food biomass resources.

BETO Allocates Funding for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers Pilot

Logo for the U.S. Department of EnergyBETO has selected Lygos and Visolis, Inc. to receive $600,000 in Round 1 for the Small Business Vouchers Pilot, which aims to help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies to market faster by providing access to expertise and specialized equipment at DOE’s national laboratories. Both companies will focus on developing innovative methods for converting our renewable biomass resources into commercially viable, high-performance biofuels and bioproducts. There will be a total of three rounds for the Small Business Vouchers pilot, and BETO plans to award up to $1.9 million cumulatively.

Energy Department Requests Information on Understanding Scale-Up and Operational Challenges for Integrated Biorefinery Optimization

BETO is seeking feedback to help better understand capabilities, as well as barriers and opportunities, for the operation of integrated biorefineries to produce biofuels, biochemicals, and bioproducts. By supporting more than 35 primarily pilot- and demonstration-scale facilities across the United States, BETO has assisted industry partners to prove a variety of technologies. Additional opportunities exist to achieve reliable and continuous biorefinery operation that can effectively compete with the refining and petrochemical industry. To see the full Request for Information, visit the EERE Exchange websiteThe submission deadline is April 6, 2016, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Take Part in the BioenergizeME Social Media Campaign

BioenergizeME Logo CircleGet ready to participate in the 2016 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge social media campaign! Between April 11 and 22, high school teams from across the country will be promoting their bioenergy infographics to help increase awareness about how bioenergy can play an important role in the future bioeconomy. You can participate by viewing entries via the Infographic Challenge Map or by checking out the #BioenergizeME hashtag on Facebook and Twitter and liking, sharing, or retweeting. The grand prize winner will be chosen from the top 10 infographics that receive the most unique page views!

Field-To-Fleet Webinar: How Does Feedstock Type Affect Biofuels Conversion?

In honor of Earth Week, you are invited to join a webinar about BETO's Field-to-Fleet project and its outcomes to date on Wednesday, April 20, 1–2 p.m. Eastern Time. Field-to-Fleet is part of BETO’s larger Thermochemical Feedstock Interface Project and is a joint Idaho National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory project designed to determine how feedstock type affects various thermochemical biofuels conversion processes. The multi-year project has quantified the impacts that feedstock type has on the hydrotreating of pyrolysis oil, and researchers are now ready to apply the methodology to other thermochemical conversion pathways. Join us to learn about Field-to-Fleet outcomes, impacts, and opportunities for partnership. We'll hear from laboratory project leads and BETO's Conversion Team. Register for the Field-to-Fleet Webinar.

EERE BLOG: Coming Up With the Latest in High-Tech Water Treatment

DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment PlantDid you know wastewater contains valuable resources—water, nutrients, and energy—that could be recovered for beneficial reuse? The Energy Department is partnering with the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to determine how the United States can upgrade its aging wastewater treatment infrastructure to innovative wastewater recovery facilities that have these added benefits. These new facilities would use sustainable technologies to recover water, ‪‎energy‬, and nutrients, and provide other advantages to communities. Read the EERE blog post to learn more.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Webinar Recording Available: Excellence in Bioenergy Innovation—A Presentation of 2015 R&D 100 Award-Winning Projects

Did you miss our January webinar featuring presentations from Dr. Jianping Yu of NREL and Douglas Elliott of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory—winners of 2015 R&D 100 Awards for their breakthrough bioenergy advances? You can now view the live recording on our Webinars Web page.

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