U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Bioenergy Technologies Office

Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office's Algae Program  will host two complementary workshops to discuss research and development (R&D) needed to achieve affordable, scalable, and sustainable algae-based biofuels. The first workshop was held November 19–20, 2013, at Arizona State University. The second workshop will be held for March 26–27 2014, in Charleston, South Carolina.

To highlight the progress made across the industry in the five years since DOE organized the National Algal Biofuel Technology Roadmap workshop, these strategy workshops provide a forum to discuss, reassess, and prioritize technical research and development needs. These workshops convene university, national laboratory, industry, advocacy, and government stakeholders to consider:

  • Current barriers to algal biofuel commercialization, particularly in the near term
  • Barriers that should be research priorities, possibly contributing to large strides in progress toward near-term goals
  • Appropriate metrics for success
  • State of technology and progress made in achieving success metrics.

The outcomes of these discussions will assist DOE with strategy development, evaluating the National Algal Biofuels Technology Roadmap, and planning a breakout session at the Office's annual Bioenergy Conference in 2014.

The workshops are structured to potentially include facility tours, sessions outlining the Algae Program's goals and research strategies, speaker panels on topics of interest, and facilitated breakout sessions.

Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop – Spring Event

Space for this workshop is limited; if interested in attending, please register on the Algal Biofuels Strategy Spring Workshop Registration Web page. Registration will be closed once capacity is reached. Please note: Registration for the workshop is free; however, DOE will not be able to reimburse attendees' travel expenses.

Event Information and Accommodations:

Charleston Marriott Hotel
170 Lockwood Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29403

A block of hotel rooms are available at the group rate of $174 plus all applicable taxes (the same as government per diem) on the nights of March 25–26, 2014. Reservations must be made by February 25, 2014. Reservations cannot be guaranteed at the group rate after this date and will be based on availability. You can make your reservation on the hotel website. Reserve your group rate under the name "BETO Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop." 

Additional Travel Considerations:

The workshop will begin the morning of Wednesday, March 26 (no later than 9:00 a.m.) and will end before noon on Thursday, March 27. Business casual attire is recommended.

This page will be updated periodically with additional information as the event draws near.


Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop – Fall Event

This event was held on November 19–20, 2013 at Arizona State University.

The Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop proceedings are detailed in the chapters below. 

Note: These proceedings summarize the results of a public workshop sponsored by DOE/EERE in Mesa, Arizona, on November 19–20, 2013. The views and opinions of the workshop attendees, as summarized in this document, do not necessarily reflect those of the United States government or any corresponding agency.

A single report synthesizing the results from the Algal Biofuels Fall and Spring Strategy Workshops will be published ahead of the Office's annual Biomass 2014 Conference in Washington, D.C.