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November 2013 Blast Recap
Below are some highlights from the November 2013 News Blast.
Request for Information: Demonstration and Deployment Strategies
The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) issued a request for information (RFI) seeking stakeholder feedback regarding bioenergy technology validation to accelerate the deployment of advanced biofuel, bioproducts, and biopower technologies. BETO is specifically interested in technologies that are ready for technology validation at a technology readiness level (TRL) of 6 or higher. TRLs 6–8 generally correspond to pilot-, demonstration-, and commercial-scale biorefinery operations.
To view the full RFI and details on submitting a response, please visit the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Exchange website.
Highlighting Success: BETO Releases New Accomplishments Publication
BETO recently published a new two-page overview document that highlights significant Office achievements from 2013. One noteworthy success was the demonstration of two cellulosic ethanol production processes at a cost of $2.15 or less per gallon. Learn more about these groundbreaking efforts in the new publication, "Reshaping American Energy—A Look Back at BETO's Accomplishments in 2013."
Argonne National Laboratory Announces Release of New GREET Fuel Cycle Model: GREET1.2013
At Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), the Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET™) model is used to conduct life-cycle analyses of advanced fuel and vehicle technologies. The new release contains biofuel pathway updates and expansions for the production of cellulosic biomass, enhanced analysis of land-use change greenhouse gas emissions associated with biofuel production, three new sorghum ethanol pathways, and a new marine module for conventional and biobased marine fuels.
To view the complete list of updates and download GREET1.2013, visit the ANL website.
Carbon Fiber Workshop Summary Report Released
In coordination with the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Advanced Manufacturing and Vehicle Technologies Offices, BETO hosted the Renewable Low-Cost Carbon Fiber for Lightweight Vehicles Workshop in June 2013. The workshop combined insight and expertise from different EERE Offices to support end-to-end technology development for an enhanced domestic supply chain for low-cost carbon fiber that has the potential to increase energy productivity and the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing.
Findings from the workshop have been compiled into a summary report. To learn more about the workshop, please visit BETO's Carbon Fiber Web page.
Featured Publication: Joint Paper on the Scale-Up of Ionic Liquid Pretreatment
In October, researchers from the DOE Office of Science-funded Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), in conjunction with staff from DOE's EERE-funded Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, published the paper, "Scale-Up and Evaluation of High Solid Ionic Liquid Pretreatment and Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Switchgrass," in the journal Biotechnology for Biofuels. To learn more, please read the full text article.
BETO Blog: From the Lab to the Field—Demonstration & Deployment Request for Information Looks to Identify Hurdles
If you've ever wondered how new innovations move beyond the drawing board to receive funding and eventually reach commercialization, check out BETO's latest blog post to learn about a new Demonstration & Deployment (D&D) operational diagram that illustrates the three scales used to quantify a projects technical success. BETO's D&D RFI, mentioned at the top of this news blast, looks to gather information on algae and terrestrial feedstock logistics, conversion technologies, sustainability considerations, and enabling technology from a commercialization standpoint.
EERE Blog: Five Reasons Why Algae Is More than Just "Pond Scum"
In November, EERE posted a bioenergy blog titled the "Top Five Things You Should Know about Algae." Read the blog to find out how algae can be used to create cost-competitive and high-performance biofuels. Discover how it grows, how it is used in biofuel production, and much more.
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