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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February 2014 Blast Recap
Below are some highlights from the February 2014 News Blast.
New Funding Opportunity Announcements: Carbon Fiber and Incubator Funding Announced
Renewable Carbon Fiber: The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the Renewable Carbon Fiber Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), which seeks to develop a cost-competitive pathway to produce high-performance carbon fiber for vehicle lightweighting from renewable non-food biomass. For more information about the content of this FOA, or to apply, please visit the EERE Exchange website. Questions about this FOA can be sent to RenewableCarbonFiber@go.doe.gov.
The deadline for submitting concept papers is March 3, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and the deadline for full applications is April 11, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
BETO Incubator: The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), in conjunction with BETO, released a $10 million FOA to support innovative technologies and solutions at Technology Readiness Levels 2–4 that could help meet bioenergy development goals, but are not significantly represented in BETO's existing Multi-Year Program Plan or research and development portfolio. BETO intends to issue 5–10 awards to reduce the risk associated with potential breakthrough approaches and technologies to help them be viable candidates for inclusion in future BETO roadmaps. For more information about the content of this FOA, or to apply, please visit the EERE Exchange website. Questions about this FOA can be sent to BETOIncubator@go.doe.gov.
The deadline for submitting concept papers is March 31, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and the deadline for full applications is May 23, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. There will also be an informational webinar held on March 3, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, which will review the requirements of this FOA. To register for this event, please visit the registration page.
2013 Peer Review Report Released
In 2013, BETO implemented a comprehensive external review of its project portfolio through a Project Peer Review and Program Management Review. Results of this peer review process inform the Office's strategic planning, budget formulation, FOA development, and other budget and funding decisions. The Final Peer Review Report has been completed and is now available online. To learn more about the BETO Peer Review, please visit the Peer Review 2013 Web page.
Upcoming Spring Workshops
BETO is hosting a number of workshops in March and April. For more information about these events, please visit the Meetings Web page.
Registration Now Open for Bio-Oil Co-Processing Workshop
BETO is hosting a Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System Workshop on April 3, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana. This workshop will explore the potential to partner renewable technologies with conventional petroleum refining by considering biomass-derived oils as additional feedstock. Participants will be engaged in discussions about the potential advantages, disadvantages, and challenges of bio-oil integration in the current U.S. petroleum refinery infrastructure. Registration is now open, so be sure to visit the event Web page for full details.
BETO Blog: The Bioenergy KDF Legislative Library
This week, the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (Bioenergy KDF) launched the Legislative Library, a database that tracks bioenergy-related legislation in Congress. The BETO blog provides more information about this resource and how site users can view material by legislator, bill, and committee to see what legislation their congressmen have sponsored or co-sponsored.
EERE Blog: Carbon Fiber and Clean Energy
This month, EERE posted a blog that describes how carbon fiber can enhance the clean energy industry. Specifically, carbon fiber can be used to make lighter-weight passenger cars, vehicle components, and transportation trailers, as well as stronger blades in wind energy systems. In addition to BETO's work with carbon fiber, DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office and Advanced Manufacturing Office are supporting research to lower the production cost of carbon fiber through the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Gene Petersen Retires
This past month, Gene Petersen, Technology Manager for the Biochemical Conversion team, retired after 11 years of dedicated service to BETO. Gene began working in the biomass field in 1979 and spent more than a decade supporting research for the national laboratories before he joined DOE. Gene has been an asset to BETO and will truly be missed.
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