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October 20, 2015
January 26, 2016 - SEAB Meeting


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Joint BioEnergy Institute
5885 Hollis Street, 4th Floor
Emeryville, CA 94608


9:30 – 10:00 AM
Opening Remarks and Future SEAB Activities
Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy

10:00 – 10:30 AM
Status Updates: Current SEAB Task Force

October 20, 2015
EERE Success Story—BETO Project Improves Production of Renewable Chemical from Cellulosic Feedstocks

Renewable chemical company Genomatica made significant progress toward increasing the range of feedstocks that can be used to commercially produce high-quality bio-based chemicals, in a project funded by the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). Genomatica improved the biochemical conversion of cellulosic sugars to 1,4-butanediol (BDO), a chemical used in products such as hard plastics used in computer keyboards, Invista’s Lycra® spandex, and high-performance fabrics.

October 19, 2015
CX-014735: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Scientific Research Related to the Predictive Science Strategic Academic Alliances Program II (PSAAP) at University of California, Santa Barbara
CX(s) Applied: A1, A9, B3.6
Date: 10/19/2015
Location(s): California
Offices(s): NNSA-Headquarters

October 19, 2015
Ryan Davis and Sandia National Laboratories colleagues have developed a method to recycle critical and costly algae cultivation nutrients phosphate and nitrogen. Photo by Dino Vournas.
EERE Success Story—Sandia Algae Researchers Cut Costs with Improved Nutrient Recycling

Algae are a promising source of renewable biofuels and bioproducts, and researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, are taking a step toward realizing the promise of sustainable, cost-effective algal biofuels for the American public. 

October 16, 2015
CX-014545: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Elverta Washrack, Paving, and Drainage Repair
CX(s) Applied: B4.6
Date: 10/16/2015
Location(s): California
Offices(s): Western Area Power Administration-Sierra Nevada Region

October 13, 2015
CX-014544: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Bear Spring Microwave Site Firebreak Clearing
CX(s) Applied: A12, B1.3, B2.5, B4.11
Date: 10/13/2015
Location(s): California
Offices(s): Western Area Power Administration-Sierra Nevada Region

September 23, 2015
CX-100380 Categorical Exclusion Determination

Predictive Models and Novel Accelerated Tests for the Reliability of Front-Contact and Back-Contact Cell Metallization and Solder Joints in Photovoltaic Modules
Award Number: DE-EE0007139
CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B5.16
Solar Energy Technologies Office
Date: 09/23/2015
Location(s): California
Office(s): Golden Field Office

September 21, 2015
CX-100381 Categorical Exclusion Determination

Low-Energy, Low-Cost Production of Ethylene by Low-Temperature Oxidative Coupling of Methane
Award Number: DE-EE0005769
CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
Advanced Manufacturing Office
Date: 09/21/2015
Location(s): California
Office(s): Golden Field Office

September 16, 2015
CX-100379 Categorical Exclusion Determination

Automating Solar Power Plants: Creating automated software and hardware tools to lower development, construction and O&M costs at utility-scale projects
Award Number: DE-EE0007179
CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.2
Solar Energy Technologies Office
Date: 09/16/2015
Location: California
Office(s): Golden Field Office

September 9, 2015
Low-E windows – featuring an energy-saving technology developed at Berkeley National Laboratory– are now found in 80% of homes and 50% of buildings in the United States.
EERE Success Story—Energy-Efficient Smart Windows are Lowering Energy Costs

Window innovations developed in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are cutting energy cost for American families, businesses, institutions, and governments every year. With funding from the Energy Department, Berkeley Lab has developed technologies that help prevent energy from escaping out of windows.