June 2017 News Blast: Bioenergy Technologies Office News and Events

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June 2017 News Blast: BETO News and Events

June 29, 2017

DOE and USDA Announce Up to $9 Million through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative

Biomass Research The U.S. Department Agriculture (USDA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announced that up to $9 million in funding will be made available through the interagency Biomass Research and Development Initiative to increase the nation’s energy independence by supporting the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products. For Fiscal Year 2017, DOE anticipates funding 1 to 6 awards, and USDA anticipates funding 3 to 14 awards! Anticipated award size ranges from $500,000 to $2 million per award, though all DOE funding is subject to the availability of annual congressional appropriations.

For more information and application requirements, visit the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Exchange under Reference Number DE-FOA-0001637. Concept papers are due by July 7, 2017, and full applications are due by September 22, 2017.

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Bioeconomy 2017 Will Feature Special Sessions on New Technologies and Advancements in the Bioeconomy!

Bioeconomy 2017 Think exciting keynotes, breakouts, and plenaries are the only reason to attend Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future? Think again! This year, the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is excited to showcase new technologies and key advancements in the bioeconomy during breakfast and lunch sessions. For example, day one of the conference will begin with a special breakfast session on biomass thermal energy sponsored by Viessmann! You won’t want to miss it.

Bioeconomy 2017 is only a few weeks away—July 11‒12, 2017. Register today, and sign up for our Attendee Networking Tool to make the most of the networking opportunities at the conference! Interested in exhibiting at or supporting Bioeconomy 2017? Contact BETO’s partner, the Clean Energy Research and Education Foundation, at bioenergy@ceref.org or (202) 640-6599, extension 322.

Finding the Perfect Algae: Researchers Work To Lower Cost of Biofuel Production

examining algae samplesResearchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL’s) Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, Washington, are working to lower the cost of producing biofuels from algae. The project—known as Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar Optimization, and Validation Research (DISCOVR)—is currently utilizing PNNL’s Laboratory Environmental Algae Pond Simulator mini-photobioreactors to cultivate algae indoors, while mimicking outdoor conditions. Researchers will then compare the strains grown in the photobioreactors to two well-studied algae strains, and the top-performing strains will be further tested in the quest to find the optimal algae strain for biofuel production.

NREL Research Could Mitigate Pollution in New Biorefinery Designs

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) Biofuel Air Emissions Analysis Team has been conducting cutting-edge research that could help reduce air pollution from biorefineries. Most recently, the team analyzed biorefinery air pollutant emissions to develop mitigation strategies for new biorefinery designs, publishing the results in the American Chemical Society’s journal, Environmental Science and Technology. This is just one report in a large body of work documenting the NREL team’s research, which analyzes air pollutant emissions from various stages of the biofuel supply chain. Learn more about the Biofuel Air Emissions Analysis Team’s ongoing research.

New Blog Post: 5 Things You Need To Know about Algae

You may have heard that algae can be used to create biofuels and bioproducts, but what exactly does that entail? Here at BETO, we routinely field questions about algae and its applications in fuels, chemicals, and other products: When will you be able to buy algal biofuel? How much will it cost? Will your gas tank smell? What exactly is algae, anyway? Check out this EERE blog post to discover the answers to these common questions, and learn more about BETO’s own Advanced Algal Systems program.

BETO Will Present Results of Algae Cultivation Workshop at Bioeconomy 2017

AlgaeIn case you needed another great reason to attend Bioeconomy 2017, on July 11, BETO will present the results of its Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop in a breakout session at the conference. BETO hosted the workshop on May 23–24 to receive stakeholder input on innovative technologies and business strategies for growing algae on waste carbon dioxide resources. The event featured discussions about how carbon capture strategies and algal biofuel technologies can work together to help meet the needs of both industries and support a thriving U.S. bioeconomy. To learn more, check out the workshop presentations, and view the Bioeconomy 2017 conference agenda.

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