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 2015 Blast Recap
Below are some highlights from the February 2015 News Blast.
BETO Announces $10 Million to Support Advanced Bioenergy Development
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is working to make biofuel from non-food biomass feedstocks (such as algae and crop residue like corn stalks) more affordable for U.S. consumers. To advance this goal, seven projects were selected to receive up to $10 million to develop innovative technologies and solutions to help advance bioenergy development: Metabolix, Inc.; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; The Ohio State University; The University of California, Riverside; OPX Biotechnologies; Kiverdi Inc.; and the Gas Technology Institute.
FY 2016 Budget Request
BETO was recommended for a budget increase of $21 million in President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget request. The additional funds would impact each of BETO’s program areas for a total FY 2016 budget of $246 million.
FY 2016 Budget Hearings
On February 11–12 and 25–26, Energy Secretary Moniz spoke at hearings with four House and Senate committees and subcommittees about DOE’s FY 2016 budget request. He emphasized BETO’s focus on drop-in fuels and cellulosic and algae-based feedstocks, as well as BETO’s joint work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Defense to build commercial-scale biorefineries for military-specification fuel.
Sustainable Transportation Webinar
Join Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation Reuben Sarkar for a free interactive webinar on the proposed Sustainable Transportation sector budget on Tuesday, March 3, from 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about DOE’s priorities in each of its Sustainable Transportation sector offices, including BETO.
Innovative Bioenergy Process Recognized for Excellence in Technology Transfer
Congratulations to Pacific National Northwest Laboratory (PNNL) for winning a 2015 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium! PNNL scientists received the award for developing an innovative process that converts whole algae into crude oil in just minutes. This BETO-funded technology is one of the many ways DOE is working to secure our energy future by reducing our dependence on foreign oil, providing more sustainable fuels for U.S. consumers, and driving economic growth.
Advanced Biofuels Industry Report Released
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory released a report on the status of the non-starch ethanol and renewable hydrocarbon biofuels industry in the United States. The report—2013 Survey of Non-Starch Ethanol and Renewable Hydrocarbon Biofuels Producers—provides publicly available, open-source documentation on the state of advanced biorefinery production. As the first in what is anticipated to be an annual survey of the industry, this initial report will establish an industry baseline to compare growth and trends.
BETO Director and Staff Featured in Biofuels Digest’s Top 125 in the Advanced Bioeconomy
BETO made headlines this month with four staff members ranking in the top 20 of Biofuels Digest’s Top 125 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy! The list is compiled through nominations and votes by the publication’s readers and its editorial board. Congratulations to BETO Director Jonathan Male, Deputy Director Valerie Reed, Technology Manager Joyce Yang, and Lead Analyst Zia Haq.
BETO 2015 Project Peer Review
BETO is hosting the 2015 Project Peer Review on March 23–27 at the Hilton Mark Center, in Alexandria, Virginia. Approximately 185 projects in BETO’s research, development, and demonstration portfolio will be presented to the public and systematically reviewed by external subject-matter experts from industry, academia, and federal agencies.
BioenergizeME Infographic Submission Deadline Approaching
The deadline for submissions for the Spring 2015 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge is approaching! Please submit all infographics by March 20 at 5:00 p.m. Central Time. The BioenergizeMe Social Media Campaign will take place April 13–23. Check out the BioenergizeME Map to see submissions from the fall session.
Register for BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review
Don’t forget to register to attend BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review on the Peer Review website. BETO is hosting the biennial review from March 23–27, at the Hilton Mark Center, in Alexandria, Virginia.
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