Bioenergy Technologies Office: May 2017 Monthly News Blast


Monthly News Blast May 2017

BETO Announces Third Round of Small Business Vouchers Pilot

Biomass Research and DevelopmentThe Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is proud to announce five businesses that will collaborate with national laboratories as part of the third round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot! Small businesses can play a crucial role in developing advanced energy technologies, and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE’s) SBV Pilot program aims to increase partnerships between national laboratories and private-sector companies, benefitting both and promoting U.S. energy security and economic competitiveness. The five companies receiving Round 3 SBVs in the bioenergy area are Gevo, Cogent, Kalion, Inc., Synvitrobio, and ThermChem.


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The 2017 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Winner Is…

Hydrothermal Liquefaction of AlgaeBETO is excited to announce the winning infographic from the BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge: “Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae”! This infographic was created by two students at Normal Community West High School in Normal, Illinois. The winning team is invited to present their infographic at BETO’s upcoming conference, Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future, in Arlington, Virginia, on July 11–12. Learn more about the BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge and this year’s winning team, and view all of the entries via the BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Map.

Register for Bioeconomy 2017’s Attendee Networking Tool!

Bioeconomy 2017Excited about Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future? Check out our list of confirmed speakers, and don’t forget to sign up for the Bioeconomy 2017 Attendee Networking Tool—a searchable, sortable table of fellow attendees, including their professional backgrounds, areas of expertise, and business contact information. Participants can easily plan meetups before, in between, and after the conference with other attendees who are using the tool. Fill out the Attendee Networking Tool Form to participate, and register for the conference today! Also, there’s still time to take advantage of early bird registration. Register by June 9 to save $75 off Industry and General Public admission.

Biomass Powering a Military Base in Upstate New York

Biomass Forage HarvesterFort Drum, a U.S. Army installation located in northern New York state and home to a 60-megawatt biomass power plant, is a leader in its support of U.S. Department of Defense priorities to enhance energy security and the use of renewable energy. The biomass power facility, operated by ReEnergy Holdings LLC, converts woody biomass into low-cost energy and provides all of Fort Drum’s electricity needs through a behind-the-fence direct interconnection—meaning that the generated electricity is used onsite by the system owner—ensuring access to reliable and renewable electricity, even in the event of a grid outage. A key component of the fuel mix used to power this utility is shrub willow—which is harvested using a single-pass cut-and-chip harvesting system that CNH Industrial and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) developed with BETO funding. Read more about how this project is supporting hundreds of jobs in local rural communities.

New Algae Degree Program Passes Its First Semester

The Algae Technology Education Consortium (ATEC) has successfully implemented the first semester of their curriculum at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The curriculum is part of a new two-year degree program in Algae Biology, Technology, and Cultivation, with an overall goal of preparing students to be successful in technical positions in the algal industry. With funding from BETO, the ATEC project will strengthen workforce capabilities in the growing algal industry. Certificate and degree holders will have a unique set of marketable skills for industry that will reduce training time and improve workplace productivity and efficiency. Learn more about ATEC and their new degree program.

Presentations from BETO’s 2017 Project Peer Review Now Online!

2017 Project Peer ReviewOn March 6–9, 2017, BETO hosted its biennial Project Peer Review in Denver, Colorado. During the event, approximately 192 projects in BETO’s research and development (R&D) portfolio were presented to the public and a panel of external subject matter experts. Want to learn more about BETO’s R&D portfolio? Project presentations from the 2017 Project Peer Review are now available online!

Register for the Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day: Advanced Strategies to Bypass Land Use for the Emerging Bioeconomy

On July 8, 2017, BETO will sponsor the Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day: Advanced Strategies to Bypass Land Use for the Emerging Bioeconomy in La Jolla, California. In partnership with the second International Solar Fuels Conference, this event aims to explore non-photosynthetic carbon dioxide–reduction technologies, including electrocatalytic, thermocatalytic, photocatalytic, and biocatalytic approaches. Topics of interest include algae, cyanobacteria, and plants as they relate to photosynthetic biotechnology. Visit the workshop page for more information.

Join Us for BETO’s Cell-Free Synthetic Biology and Biocatalysis Listening Day

On July 30, 2017, BETO will sponsor the Cell-Free Synthetic Biology and Biocatalysis Listening Day in Denver, Colorado. This event aims to investigate how cell-free biocatalysis and cell-free synthetic biology may serve to advance the emerging bioeconomy. BETO is seeking input from experts representing industry, academia, and national laboratories on the state of technology and its applicability to enabling enhanced carbon cycling and next-generation biofuels, bioproducts, and biomaterials. Visit the workshop page to learn more.

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