August Monthly News Blast: Renewable Jet Fuel is Taking Off!


Monthly News Blast August 2016

Renewable Jet Fuel is Taking Off!

PNNL Jet Fuel from Industrial Waste Gases

Airplane_courtesy of of H. Michael Miley via Creative Commons.Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and LanzaTech recently reached a milestone in their project, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), to produce renewable jet fuel from waste gas. This offers not only a new source of biobased jet fuel, but also an innovative solution to industrial waste management. The team produced more than 5 gallons of synthetic paraffinic kerosene—a non-fossil-based jet fuel—in a lab environment. Photo courtesy of H. Michael Miley via Creative Commons.


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White House Strategy Document Outlines Federal Jet Fuel Strategy

The White House recently released the “Federal Alternative Jet Fuel Research and Development Strategy,” which outlines prioritized federal research and development goals to commercialize jet fuel from renewable sources. BETO and other DOE offices play an important role in implementing this strategy.

Alternative Aviation Workshop

Join the conversation on renewable jet fuels! Register for the Alternative Aviation Fuel Workshop, Sept. 14–15, 2016, in Macon, Georgia. During the workshop, leaders in the aviation and biofuels industries will join DOE, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Federal Aviation Administration, and several national laboratories to discuss the opportunities and challenges related to biobased jet fuels. Input gathered from attendees will be compiled in a workshop report, to be published later this year. Visit our website to view the agenda and register for the event.

Funding Opportunities Announced

Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines

Car next to gas pump.DOE recently announced up to $7 million in funding for the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines initiative—a collaboration between BETO and the Vehicle Technologies Office. The purpose is to advance affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines. The submission deadline for full applications is Oct. 16, 2016, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Small Business Vouchers Round 2

DOE announced that it is providing $1 million in small business vouchers to assist five companies: ZymoChem, HelioBioSys, Virent, Mango Materials, and Avatar Sustainable Technologies. DOE’s Small Business Vouchers Pilot is part of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) National Laboratory Impact Initiative, a collaboration with national laboratories that supports small businesses to advance energy technologies. Round 1 of the Small Business Vouchers awards occurred earlier in 2016.

MEGA-BIO Selections

BETO selected three projects to receive up to $11.3 million under the MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels funding opportunity. These projects will support the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce variable amounts of fuels and/or products based on external factors. It will help biorefineries to diversify revenue streams, resulting in long-term economic benefits to the United States. BETO selected the Dow Chemical Company, Amyris, Inc., and Research Triangle Institute to receive this funding.

BioenergizeME 2017 Registration Opens Soon and 2016 Winners Recognized

2016 BioenergizeME WinnersThe 2017 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge kicks off next month! Give your students an opportunity to learn about topics in biofuel and bioenergy and to share their knowledge through infographics. Registration opens Sept. 30, 2016, and continues through Feb. 3, 2017. Read about our 2016 winning team and their trip to Washington, D.C. You can also check out past webinars that provide an overview of the BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge and that explain how to integrate bioenergy into the classroom.

EERE Blog Post: Three Compelling Needs for Biofuel

ResearchAmong our distinguished speakers at Bioenergy 2016 in July, three of our keynotes presented compelling reasons for why cost-competitive biofuels are needed in each of their sectors. Read more in this EERE Blog post featuring some conference highlights from Julie Felgar, Managing Director of Environmental Strategy at Boeing; Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy Installations and Environment; and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur of Ohio. Also watch our bioeconomy video from Bioenergy 2016.

Join IEA Bioenergy for a Webinar on Woody Biomass and International Trade

Want to learn about the effect of woody biomass on international trade? Join the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) webinar on Thursday, September 1, 2016—“Cascading of woody biomass definitions, policies, and effects on international trade.” During the webinar, Olle Olsson, a research fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute, and Lena Bruce, a business developer at Swedish forest company Sveaskog, will discuss recent research published on the cascading of woody biomass that will help inform debates around its implementation and policies.

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