In May 2011, the Bioenergy Technologies Office began sending out a monthly "News Blast," highlighting Office events, solicitations, publications, related blogs, and other relevant information. This page recaps the most recent news blast and archives the past blasts by month.
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July 2014 Blast Recap
Below are some highlights from the July 2014 News Blast.
Biomass 2014 One Week Away
Join us July 29–30, for Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy, the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO) annual two-day conference. We are excited to announce a keynote address from Dr. Catherine Woteki, Chief Scientist and Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Research, Education, and Economics mission area. Also, you won’t want to miss the premiere of Bioenergy: America’s Energy Future following lunch on day two! This short documentary film showcases stories of bioenergy innovations across the biomass supply chain and the United States. Join in the discussion on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, with our conference hashtag, #Biomass2014.
BETO-Funded Invention Wins R&D 100 Award
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers won an R&D Magazine R&D 100 award this month for their BETO-funded invention of a new class of membranes that could help reduce the price of bio-ethanol, ethanol-gasoline blend fuels, and drop-in fuels from bio-oil processing. The super-hydro-tunable HiPAS membranes act as an energy-efficient alternative to the distillation process by using a superhydrophobic or superhydrophillic surface to separate molecules. To learn more about the benefits of HiPAS membranes, check out this short video. Read more in ORNL’s press release.
BETO Releases Updated Multi-Year Program Plans
Learn how the activities, missions, and goals of BETO are helping to meet the nation’s energy challenges in the newly updated Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP). The MYPP identifies the research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities that BETO will focus on over the next five years to achieve its goals.
National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB) Final Report Released
In 2010, the NAABB was formed to further understand the impacts of algae on overall biomass and liquid transportation fuel production. The consortium consisted of 39 partner institutions and primarily focused on feedstock supply, feedstock logistics, and conversion/production pathways. The NAABB recently released a final report detailing accomplishments and insights from the group. The full report consists of three sections: (1) NAABB background and organization, (2) main accomplishments, and (3) summaries of the component projects.
BETO Releases Three Workshop Report Summariesd!
BETO works with a broad spectrum of industrial, academic, agricultural, and nonprofit partners across the United States to develop and deploy commercially viable, high-performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower from domestic renewable biomass resources to reduce our dependence on imported oil. To further its mission, BETO has held several workshops and released the following workshop reports:
- Biomass Indirect Liquefaction Strategy Workshop Summary Report, July, 2014
- Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop Summary Report, June 2014
- Demonstration & Deployment Workshop Summary Report, May 2014
BETO Blog: Bioeconomy
Biomass is renewable, grows almost everywhere, can provide fuel, power, chemicals, and is a major part of the U.S. economy. Currently, the bioeconomy—the economic, environmental, and social activities associated with the production and use of biomass-derived products—has a $100 billion direct and indirect impact on the U.S. economy and is growing. Learn more in the BETO Blog.
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