September 2017 News Blast: Bioenergy Technologies Office News and Events

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September 2017 News Blast: Bioenergy Technologies Office News and Events

Sept. 28, 2017

Energy Department Awards $3.5 Million for the Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 (ABY2) Selections

Algae at NRELAs part of the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Advanced Algal Systems Program funding opportunity, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of one additional project. The funding—up to $3.5 million—will help BETO support the development of technologies that are likely to succeed in producing 3,700 gallons of algal biofuel intermediate per acre per year in an outdoor test environment by 2020. Learn more about the project being led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces Selections for Integrated Biorefinery Optimization

NREL researchDOE announced that it has selected eight projects to receive, when awarded, up to $15 million in total under the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization funding opportunity announcement. These projects will address research and development challenges encountered for the successful scale-up and reliable operations of integrated biorefineries, specifically focusing on the manufacture of advanced or cellulosic biofuels and higher-value bioproducts. Read the DOE press release for more information about these projects.

DOE Announces Selection of Four Alternate Projects To Enable Breakthroughs in Algal Biofuels

Algae test tubesDOE announced the selection of four additional projects to receive up to $8.8 million through the Productivity Enhanced Algae and ToolKits (PEAK) funding opportunity. The selected projects—the Colorado School of Mines, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the University of Toledo, and the University of California, San Diego—will develop high-impact tools and techniques to increase the productivity of algae organisms in order to reduce the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. This funding supports the development of a U.S. bioeconomy that can help create jobs, spur innovation, improve quality of life, and achieve national energy security. Learn more about the projects. 

Celebrate Bioenergy Day and Energy Action Month in October!

Bioenergy DayOctober is Energy Action Month! All month long, BETO will be celebrating all things bioenergy. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter as we showcase the latest in BETO bioproducts, biofuels, and biopower research and development. We also can’t wait for National Bioenergy Day on October 18. Check out our website for more information, and find events near you.

Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop Summary Report Released

Earlier this year, BETO hosted the Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop to discuss how algae cultivation systems could potentially utilize emissions from stationary point sources like coal-fired power plants, biorefineries, and cement manufacturers. Over 80 attendees participated in the event, providing valuable input on innovative technologies and business strategies for growing algae on carbon dioxide emissions. Through their discussions, workshop participants proposed a framework that supports federally funded algal biofuels research on real-world, relevant carbon capture and utilization conditions. Read more about the workshop and proposed framework in the new workshop summary report!

What Can the Bioenergy KDF Do for You? Check Out BETO’s New Bioenergy KDF Fact Sheet To Find Out!

Bioenergy KDFThe Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (KDF) is an online collaboration toolkit and data resource that provides the latest bioenergy data to researchers, policymakers, industry, and the public. In the Bioenergy KDF, users can search the Bioenergy Library to find data sets, publications, and models on a wide variety of bioenergy topics; use the map interface to visualize, analyze, download, and export geospatial data; and browse the site’s collection of specialized tools and apps, which can also be launched on the map. Check out BETO’s new Bioenergy KDF fact sheet to learn more about the great features that the Bioenergy KDF has to offer and how these tools are supporting BETO’s research portfolio and helping to create a sustainable domestic bioeconomy.

Learn More about BETO’s Bioprose Blog in This New Fact Sheet

BioproseBETO’s new technical blog, Bioprose: Building the Bioeconomy through Technology & Communication, is your go-to resource for the latest scientific information on the U.S. bioeconomy. The blog is written by a diverse team of managers, scientists, and engineers, providing an in-depth look at the technical details of bioenergy advances currently supported by BETO and our partners. Check out BETO’s fact sheet to learn more about BETO’s newest communications vehicle.

Two New Infographics to Tickle Your Bioenergy Fancy

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Gear up for Energy Action Month by checking out two new infographics from BETO!

  • Bioenergy Basics: Check out the Bioenergy Basics infographic to learn how biofuels and other forms of bioenergy are made.
  • The U.S. Bioeconomy by the Numbers: See some of the impacts BETO has had on the bioeconomy through our work with our national laboratories and partners.

Did You Miss Our Industry Collaboration Social Media Campaign?

Earlier this month, BETO celebrated how our national laboratories are working with industry partners to provide new knowledge, innovative solutions, and early-stage technologies to advance the bioeconomy. Check out the highlights from our social media campaign to relive all of the fun!

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