July Monthly News Blast: Bioenergy 2016 Was a Huge Success!


Monthly News Blast July 2016

Bioenergy 2016 Was a Huge Success!

Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) David Friedman speaking at Bioenergy 2016

At this year’s conference on July 12–14 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) released volume 1 of the 2016 Billion-Ton Report, announced funding selections to support algae-based biofuels and bioproducts, discussed BETO’s new strategic plan, and recognized winners of the 2016 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge. Following the theme of “Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation,” conference participants discussed innovative U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and national laboratory Co-Optima efforts, design of a synthetic biology foundry to address biomanufacturing challenges, and other impactful work across the bioenergy supply chain. We also heard from distinguished speakers, including Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) David Friedman (pictured), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Reuben Sarkar, and Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Director Jonathan Male. Thank you to all of you who joined us. We hope that you had an enriching and productive experience.


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Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Advance Algae-Based Biofuels and Bioproducts

Algae.One of the fuel sources of the future is algae—small aquatic organisms that convert sunlight into energy and store it in the form of oil. Our office is working on ways to reduce the cost of producing algae-based biofuels in order to make them an affordable alternative for fossil fuel-based fuels. Congratulations to Global Algae Innovations Inc., Algenol Biotech LLC, and MicroBio Engineering, Inc. for receiving up to $15 million for three projects aimed at moving this promising fuel source forward.

BETO Releases Notice of Intent for Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines Initiative

BETO intends to issue a funding opportunity to support the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines initiative. The initiative is a collaborative effort across many DOE offices, national laboratories, and industry stakeholders to simultaneously conduct tandem fuel and engine research, development, and deployment assessment to maximize energy savings and on-road vehicle performance, while dramatically reducing transportation-related petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information

Many conversion technologies that produce biofuels or bioproducts utilize cellulosic sugars or lignin, and therefore, they have become necessary intermediates for advancing research to produce biofuels and bioproducts. BETO is seeking information to develop a comprehensive list of suppliers who are willing and able to produce and sell cellulosic sugar and/or lignin for use by the research community. This is solely a request for information (RFI) and not a funding opportunity announcement. The RFI, “Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities,” is on the EERE Exchange. Responses to this RFI must be submitted to sugarandlignin@ee.doe.gov by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on August 24, 2016.

Access the 2016 Billion-Ton Report!

2016 Billion-Ton ReportThe 2016 Billion-Ton Report, Volume 1: Economic Availability of Feedstocks is now available on the BETO website, with detailed data visualizations on the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (KDF). This report updates and expands analysis from the 2011 U.S. Billion-Ton Update and adds analysis on biomass supply from algae, new energy crops (miscanthus, energy cane, eucalypts), and municipal solid waste. The report also incorporates for the first time analysis of how the cost of pre-processing and transporting biomass to the biorefinery may impact feedstock availability. Watch this video for a summary of the report. BETO held an informational webinar about the report and its accompanying Bioenergy KDF visualization tools on Thursday, July 21. Webinar slides will be available soon.

Register Now for the Alternative Aviation Fuel Workshop

Plane gassing up.

On September 14–15, 2016, BETO will host the Alternative Aviation Fuel Workshop in Macon, Georgia, to advance the understanding of current technical barriers for increasing the competitiveness of aviation biofuels. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss strategies to achieve affordable, scalable, and sustainable production of aviation biofuels. The workshop will be organized into three parallel breakout sessions that will focus on the following technical areas related to aviation biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass: feedstock and product supply chains; economic and technical competitiveness; and environmental sustainability and life-cycle benefits. Attendees of this workshop will have an opportunity to tour the LanzaTech biofuel production facility located in Soperton, Georgia (space is limited to the first 50 registrations).Visit the registration page to learn about the event, register, and find information on hotel accommodations.

Watch the Enabling the Billion-Ton Bioeconomy Video

The United States is rich in non-food ‪‎biomass that can fuel the development of a thriving ‪‎bioeconomy where renewable and sustainable resources power cars and planes instead of petroleum. The ‪transportation and ‪‎aviation industry is actively seeking ways to reduce its carbon footprint by powering planes with solid municipal waste, woody biomass, purpose grown crops, and ‪‎algae. Watch this short video to learn how biomass is being used to make our country greener, provide new employment opportunities, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

New Demonstration and Market Transformation Web Page

BETO’s Demonstration and Market Transformation (DMT) Program culminates the research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) work of all other programs in BETO—feedstocks, conversion, sustainability, and all processes along the supply chain. The goal of the DMT Program is to de-risk bioenergy production technologies through validated proof of performance at the pilot, demonstration, and pioneer scales and to remove additional barriers to commercialization. Learn more about this work on our new web page.

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