This page archives past meetings and workshops where U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) staff have participated and includes copies of the presentations shared at each event.
Virtual Workshop: Bioenergy Cybersecurity
It is critical that the rapidly emerging U.S. biomanufacturing infrastructure is secure from potential cyber-threats. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted a Bioenergy Cybersecurity Workshop, a virtual event organized by Sandia National Laboratories on September 11, 2023, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (PST)/1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (EST), to identify cybersecurity risks in biofuel and bioproduct manufacturing, and develop an approach to address these risks.
This workshop raised awareness of the importance of cybersecurity in biomanufacturing safety, operational continuity, and competitiveness. The event consisted of panel presentations by bioprocessing and cybersecurity experts, and facilitated participant discussions. Participants discussed the state of biofuel and bioproduct cybersecurity practices, and the security of bio-based processes to help identify and define cybersecurity technologies and research needed for cybersecure bioenergy production.
For more information, visit the Bioenergy Cybersecurity webpage.
TRANSITIONING TO A SUSTAINABLE, CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR PLASTICS WORKSHOP
The technology, regulatory, and economic landscape related to plastic use and recycling is rapidly changing. The increasing use of plastics coupled with stagnated recycling rates is driving concern over pollution but also represents an opportunity to valorize waste streams enabling efforts to decarbonize the U.S. economy.
On June 8-9, 2023, in Seattle, Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO) hosted a workshop titled, Transitioning to a Sustainable, Circular Economy for Plastics, to bring stakeholders together from across the plastic value chain to understand the current challenges in transitioning to a sustainable, circular economy for plastics in the United States.
For more information, visit the Transitioning to a Sustainable Circular Economy for Plastics Workshop webpage.
DEPLOYING PURPOSE-GROWN ENERGY CROPS FOR SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUEL WORKSHOP
The Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Grand Challenge is the result of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other federal government agencies working together to develop a comprehensive strategy for scaling up new technologies to produce SAF on a commercial scale. To meet the goal of supplying 100% of projected domestic aviation jet fuel by 2050, purpose-grown energy crops, including algae, will need to be cultivated on a large scale.
On June 6-7, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri, the DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted a workshop titled Deploying Purpose-Grown Energy Crops for Sustainable Aviation Fuel. The workshop discussed successes, challenges, information gaps, opportunities, and novel ideas for deploying these energy crops. Vital results from this workshop will help guide future research and development direction in feedstock innovation to reduce the cost, improve the quality, increase the quantity, and maximize the environmental benefits of these renewable carbon resources.
For more information, visit the Deploying Purpose-Grown Energy Crops for Sustainable Aviation Fuel Workshop webpage.
2023 Project Peer Review
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) held its 2023 Project Peer Review on April 3‒7, 2023. Projects in BETO’s research and development portfolio were presented to the public and systematically reviewed by external subject-matter experts from industry, academia, and federal agencies. Simultaneous review sessions of projects across the BETO technology areas occurred.
For more information visit the 2023 Project Peer Review website.
Gasification Technology Status and Pathways for Net-Zero Carbon Economy Workshop
On November 30th, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM), and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) held the Status of Gasification Technology of Biomass and Solid Wastes (Waste Coal, Waste Plastics and MSW) and Pathways for Net-Zero Carbon Economy workshop. The workshop assessed the state of gasification technologies currently used or being developed for biomass and solid wastes, in addition to helping BETO, FECM, and NETL address barriers in gasification technology through federally funded research and development. Learn more about this workshop.
Biomanufacturing for Bio-Advantaged Fuels Meeting
On August 16, 2022, DOE BETO and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) held a meeting on “Biomanufacturing for Bio-Advantaged Fuels.” The meeting focused on biofuel molecules and advances that can create enhanced tunability of these molecular structures, which can create performance advantages. Researchers at LBNL described recent advances in bio-advantaged fuel production, coupling fuel properties modeling, metabolic engineering, process development, and scale-up. Learn more about this meeting.
Bioenergy’s Role in Soil Carbon Storage Workshop
On March 28–29, 2022 BETO hosted a public virtual workshop to discuss soil carbon storage with a focus on the role of bioenergy. The workshop included discussions about methods for building healthy soils, decarbonizing agriculture and forestry, and assessing full life cycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with generating biomass for bioenergy. The biomass considered will include energy crops, agricultural residues, and forestry residues. Learn more about this workshop.
Gen-1 Ethanol Opportunities: Improving Life Cycle GHG Benefits of Existing Biofuel Production Workshop
On February 1, 2022, BETO hosted a virtual workshop designed to gather stakeholder input to assess the potential of current and developing technologies to meet BETO goals with regards to expanding the climate and economic benefits of the U.S. biofuels industry in the near- and long-term. Learn more about this workshop.
Barriers to Scale: Algae Crop Protection Workshop
On April 20–21, 2021, DOE BETO hosted a virtual workshop covering the topic of algae crop protection to facilitate scaling of the algae industry. A major barrier to the scaling and intensification of algal cultivation is the partial or complete loss of productivity due to pests, just like traditional farming. Developing effective strategies to maintain harvest yield over time is essential to meeting BETO’s long-term goals of promoting cost competitive biofuels and bioproducts. Learn more about this algae crop protection workshop.
Advancing Synergistic Waste Utilization as Biofuels Feedstocks: Preprocessing, Co-products, and Sustainability Workshop
On April 14–15, 2021, DOE BETO hosted a workshop to discuss municipal solid waste streams as a feedstock for biofuels. BETO recognizes that waste streams are promising, but they must meet cost, quality, and sustainability targets for broad utilization. This free workshop invited stakeholders representing academia, industry, municipalities, and federal agencies involved in waste management, resource and energy recovery, waste utilization, and sustainability. Learn more about this waste utilization workshop.
2021 Project Peer Review
BETO hosted its virtual 2021 Project Peer Review on March 8‒12, 2021; March 15‒16, 2021; and March 22‒26, 2021. Projects in BETO’s research and development portfolio were presented to the public and systematically reviewed by external subject-matter experts from industry, academia, and federal agencies. Simultaneous review sessions of projects across the BETO technology areas occurred. Learn more about the Peer Review here.
Hydrothermal Liquefaction: Path to Sustainable Aviation Fuel Workshop
On November 17–19, 2020, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted the virtual Hydrothermal Liquefaction: Path to Sustainable Aviation Fuel Workshop. The objective of this workshop was to identify the role of hydrothermal liquefaction process in producing sustainable aviation fuel and to identify the research problems in this area that need to be addressed in the near-term and long-term. Learn more about the workshop here.
Bioeconomy Initiative Forum
On September 15-16, 2020, the Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board hosted the Bioeconomy Initiative Forum celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Biomass Research and Development Act. The interactive and public forum was designed to solicit stakeholder input and share the Bioeconomy Initiative’s progress, including accomplishments of the BR&D Board’s Interagency Working Groups, since the release of The Bioeconomy Initiative: Implementation Framework in 2019. Learn more about the Bioeconomy Initiative Forum.
Leveraging Existing Bioenergy Data Workshop
On July 21–23, 2020, BETO hosted an online workshop to discuss how to collect and valorize underused datasets and associated knowledge, with the goal of making this information public on existing databases. This workshop attempted to connect industry scientists, data owners, and lawyers with federal government, academic, and National Laboratory representatives to shepherd valuable datasets and other knowledge to be used to maximum benefit. This effort would bolster the growing bioeconomy with industrially-relevant data across the supply chain, and result in accelerated development and utilization of biotechnologies. Learn more about this workshop.
Predictive Models and High Performance Computing as Tools to Accelerate the Scaling-Up of New Bio-Based Fuels Workshop
On June 9–11, 2020, BETO hosted the Predictive Models and High Performance Computing as Tools to Accelerate the Scaling-Up of New Bio-Based Fuels Workshop. The virtual workshop was designed to determine if predictive models and high performance computing can be utilized to:
- Accelerate scaling-up of biotechnologies
- Reduce uncertainty in biotechnologies
- Optimize operations of equipment and processes.
The main goal of the workshop was to determine if effective utilization of mathematical models and artificial intelligence with machine learning in conjunction with highly instrumented bench-, pilot-, and demonstration-scaled facilities can be used to validate and improve system and subsystem models. Learn more about this workshop.
Advancing the Bioeconomy: From Waste to Conversion-Ready Feedstocks Workshop
On February 19–20, 2020, BETO hosted a workshop in Arlington, VA. In recent years, BETO has expanded its portfolio beyond traditional biomass feedstocks to include using waste resources, such as municipal solid waste (MSW), biosolids from municipal wastewater, and industrial waste gases. To date, the majority of these investments have focused on reducing the cost and improving the performance of technologies to convert these wastes into fuels, products, and power.
In support of this effort, BETO’s Feedstock Supply and Logistics subprogram is investigating research and development opportunities to lower the delivered cost and improve the quality of MSW for these conversion strategies. As a result, BETO conducted a workshop to understand the current state and potential trajectories of technologies to support MSW as a feedstock for producing fuels, value-added products, and power. For more information please review the Advancing the Bioeconomy: From Waste to Conversion-Ready Feedstocks Workshop page.
Plastics for a Circular Economy Workshop
On December 11–12, 2019 BETO hosted a workshop titled "Plastics for a Circular Economy" to discuss technology solutions for addressing plastic waste. The workshop focused on potential solutions including designing new plastics and developing new strategies for recycling and degradation and included discussions on end-of-life options for existing and next-generation plastics in the context of current and novel recycling strategies. For more information and presentations please review the Plastics for a Circular Economy Workshop page.
On September 25–26, 2019, BETO hosted a workshop to identify data and research and development needs to enable the use of dedicated energy crops and algae for restoring water quality and enhancing soil health, while creating a new feedstock supply for the bioeconomy. Participants discussed the current state of technologies relevant to both terrestrial and algal biomass, as well as the potential for these technologies to reverse environmental degradation and provide important ecosystem services. If successful, these technologies have the potential to increase availability and reduce costs of bioenergy and bioproducts. For more information and presentations, please see the workshop page.
Leveraging First Generation Bioethanol Production Workshop
On September 25–26, 2019, BETO hosted a workshop to discuss research and development related to the integration of advanced process technologies into first generation (1G) ethanol production facilities to co-produce cellulosic fuels, cellulosic sugars, and chemicals from corn fiber, and to convert or activate gaseous carbon dioxide. BETO was particularly interested in information on the development and verification of innovative process technologies and analytical methods for cost-competitive production of cellulosic biofuels and bio-products from non-starch feedstocks at 1G plants. For more information and presentations, please see the workshop page.
Summit on Realizing the Circular Carbon Economy: Charting a Course for Innovations in Agriculture and Energy
On July 24–25, 2018, in Golden, Colorado, BETO, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory held the Summit on Realizing the Circular Carbon Economy: Charting a Course for Innovations in Agriculture and Energy. This event aimed to consider the challenges, opportunities, and needs involved in realizing a Circular Carbon Economy. For more information and presentations, see the workshop page.
Advanced Algal Systems Listening Session
On June 13, BETO hosted the Advanced Algal Systems Listening Session in Seattle, Washington. BETO sought feedback from experts in algal biology, cultivation, and conversion on how to address near-term research and development barriers and opportunities for cost-competitive algal biofuels and bioproducts. The agenda focused on opportunities and challenges in integrating algal productivity and biomass yield improvements in scalable algae cultivation systems to achieve high yields. For more information and presentations, see the workshop page.
Advanced Development and Optimization Workshop
On December 12-13, 2017, BETO hosted the Advanced Development and Optimization (ADO) Workshop in Golden, Colorado. BETO’s mission is focused on earlier development-cycle opportunities. BETO used this workshop to seek feedback on how the new ADO Program can best serve our stakeholders in the bioenergy industry, as well as to raise awareness of existing assets from past investments and discuss future needs and opportunities for maximizing their value. For more information, see the workshop page and workshop presentations.
Cell-Free Synthetic Biology and Biocatalysis Listening Day
On July 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) sponsored the Cell-Free Synthetic Biology and Biocatalysis Listening Day in Denver, Colorado. This event aimed to investigate how cell-free biocatalysis and cell-free synthetic biology may serve to advance the emerging bioeconomy. For more information, see the workshop page and workshop presentations.
Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day: Advanced Strategies to Bypass Land Use for the Emerging Bioeconomy
On July 8, 2017, BETO sponsored the Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day: Advanced Strategies to Bypass Land Use for the Emerging Bioeconomy in La Jolla, California. This event aimed to explore non-photosynthetic carbon dioxide–reduction technologies, including electrocatalytic, thermocatalytic, photocatalytic, and biocatalytic approaches. For more information, see the workshop page and workshop presentations.
Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Market Barriers and Opportunities Workshop
On June 6-7, 2017, BETO sponsored a workshop to advance the understanding of current market barriers and opportunities for increasing the deployment of biofuels and bioproducts manufactured from wet and gaseous waste streams. This continued BETO’s efforts in supporting emerging waste-to-energy technologies. The event had a strong pragmatic emphasis, with a focus on tangible challenges and potential solutions in facilitating market success for innovative, cost-effective solutions in the waste-to-energy platform. Participants included feedstock providers, technology developers, potential customers, and relevant state actors. For more information, see the workshop page and workshop presentations.
Workshop on Moving beyond Drop-In Replacements: Performance Advantaged Biobased Chemicals
On June 1, 2017, BETO sponsored a workshop to seek stakeholder feedback on research and development for novel biobased compounds. The discussion was restricted to polymers, including biopolymers and polymers from novel monomers; small molecules like plasticizers, solvents, surfactants, and preservatives; and other building block chemicals. Pharmaceutical and nutraceutical targets were not of interest. For more information, see the workshop page.
Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop
BETO hosted the Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop on May 23-24, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. The event gathered stakeholder input through facilitated discussions focused on innovative technologies and business strategies for growing algae on waste carbon dioxide (CO2) resources. Participant input will help inform DOE strategies for leveraging these technologies to realize affordable, scalable, and sustainable production biofuels and bioproducts made from algae. For more information, see the workshop page.
Co-Optima Stakeholder Listening Day
On Jan. 19-20, 2017, BETO, the Vehicle Technologies Office, and the National Laboratory Co-Optima Team will host a stakeholder listening day for the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. The Co-Optima Stakeholder Listening Day will provide technical status updates to stakeholders and request targeted feedback on specific technical deliverables that will inform research and development priorities. Attendees will contribute input on the draft multi-year strategic plan, as well as the challenges and opportunities related to co-optimization of fuels and engines. For more information, see the Co-Optima Stakeholder Listening Day event page.
Biorefinery Optimization Workshop
BETO hosted the Biorefinery Optimization Workshop on October 5-6, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The workshop helped to advance understanding of the current capabilities, barriers, and opportunities for integrated biorefineries working to produce biofuels, biochemicals, and bioproducts. Breakout sessions discussed the following topics: key technical and economic challenges facing feedstocks and solids handling processes; efforts in process intensification, scale-up, and CapEx/OpEx reduction; and product and waste stream monetization. For more information, see the Biorefinery Optimization Workshop page and workshop presentations.
Alternative Aviation Fuel Workshop
BETO hosted the Alternative Aviation Fuel Workshop on September 14-15, 2016, in Macon, Georgia, to advance the understanding of current technical barriers for increasing the competitiveness of aviation biofuels. The aviation industry faces significant challenges to maintain growth while enhancing environmental sustainability. Alternative energy systems such as batteries, fuel cells, and natural gas are options for on-road, off-road, and marine engine applications, but these alternative fuels are not yet practical for aviation. Biobased jet fuels present a tremendous opportunity to support a transition away from fossil fuels toward sustainably produced aviation fuel. For more information, see the Alternative Aviation Fuel Workshop page and workshop presentations.
Sharpening Our Tools: Algal Biology Toolbox Workshop
BETO hosted the Algal Biology Toolbox Workshop on May 24-25, 2016, in San Diego, California. Because biological productivity is a key driver for the economic viability of algae-based biofuels, improving on the performance of native strains is a critical element of the research efforts funded by BETO’s Advanced Algal Systems Program. Attendees reviewed the tools and resources available to grow, monitor, valorize, and genetically enhance algae for biofuel production and will help inform a strategy for leveraging these tools to realize a future where algae-based biofuels and bioproducts contribute significantly to the U.S. bioeconomy. Visit the workshop page for more information.
Agile Biomanufacturing Industry Listening Workshop
A consortium of nine national laboratories held the Agile Biomanufacturing Industry Listening Workshop on March 15, 2016 in Berkeley, California, to increase understanding of industry needs around synthetic biology.
DOE national laboratories have developed deep and unique capabilities to build powerful infrastructure and scientific engineering activities. This consortium seeks to develop an agile biomanufacturing platform that uses synthetic biology tools to rapidly engineer industrially relevant organisms for fuel and chemical production. This platform would incorporate state-of-the-art software used in combination with high-throughput laboratory equipment, accelerating the development of advanced biofuels, as well as renewable chemicals and materials. The platform will enable companies, national laboratories, and universities to develop biological processes efficiently and with reduced risk, and to create bio-derived products with better performance than their petroleum-derived predecessors. Visit the workshop page for more information.
Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Workshop
BETO hosted the one-day Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Workshop on July 16, 2015, in Denver, Colorado. BETO collected information from key industry, university, and national laboratory stakeholders regarding the challenges associated with the coproduction of biomass-derived chemicals and products alongside biofuels. For more information, see the Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Workshop page.
Co-Optima Stakeholder Listening Day
BETO and the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) co-hosted a stakeholder Listening Day on June 16-17, 2015, in Golden, Colorado, to help shape a major new Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sustainable Transportation initiative: Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima). In this multi-year initiative, a team of national laboratories will, with guidance from industry and other important stakeholders, work to accelerate the concurrent development of advanced fuels and engines that are economically viable, environmentally sustainable, and commercially scalable. As envisioned, Co-Optima is poised to set the stage for a rapid transition to advanced fuels and propulsion systems for every vehicle on the road. To help ensure the success of this ambitious initiative, BETO and VTO designed the Listening Day to obtain guidance from diverse stakeholders. The event provided participants an opportunity to influence the key components of Co-Optima; identify potential barriers to its success; and gain an early stake in Co-Optima goals, timelines, and technical paths relevant to their areas of interest. Open discussion and use of web-based tools allowed attendees to contribute comprehensive feedback on draft project plans—and provide critical information to DOE and the national labs. For more information, see the Co-Optima Stakeholder Listening Day page.
Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Sequestration Workshop
DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy and BETO co-hosted the Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Sequestration (BECCS) Workshop on Monday, May 18, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The workshop brought together experts in bioenergy, power generation, and transmission and distribution infrastructure from industry, academia, nonprofits, government, and national laboratories to discuss low-carbon and carbon-negative power systems and the use of biomass in power generation to achieve lower greenhouse gas emissions in a sustainable manner. For more information, see the BECCS Workshop page.
Workshop on Energy-Positive Water Resource Recovery
The National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and DOE jointly hosted the Workshop on Energy-Positive Water Resource Recovery on April 28-29, 2015, in Arlington, Virginia, to gain insights and identify specific technical and nontechnical barriers that are hindering development and deployment of the water resource recovery facilities of the future. Topics included the role of the federal government, nontechnical considerations like policy and financing, and systems perspective and sustainability. For more information, see the Workshop on Energy-Positive Water Resource Recovery Report and workshop presentations.
Hydrogen, Hydrocarbons, and Bioproduct Precursors from Wastewaters Workshop
The Hydrogen, Hydrocarbons, and Bioproduct Precursors from Wastewaters Workshop was held March 18-19, 2015, hosted by the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Washington D.C. offices. Sponsored by the Bioenergy and Fuel Cell Technologies Offices, the workshop gathered 30 experts from academia, government, and industry to share information and identify the current status and potential research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) possibilities for production of hydrogen and higher hydrocarbons (containing four or more carbon molecules) from wastewaters using biological, biochemical, and other techniques. For more information, see the Hydrogen, Hydrocarbons, and Bioproduct Precursors from Wastewaters Workshop page.
Advanced Supply System Validation Workshop
BETO held the Advanced Supply System Validation Workshop on February 3-4, 2015, in Golden, Colorado. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to examine, discuss, and validate analysis assumptions used to move beyond current feedstock supply systems designed to support the agriculture and forestry industries. Participants discussed assumptions relating to volume and transportation logistics, biomass quality, and operational risks. For more information, see the Advanced Supply System Validation Workshop page.
Green Lands Blue Water 2014 Fall Conference
The Green Lands Blue Water 2014 Fall Conference was held November 19-20, 2014, at the Richland Community College in Decatur, Illinois. The event focused on bioenergy and sustainable agriculture and explored topics ranging from logistics, energy conversion technologies, and markets for grass biomass. The presentation given by BETO is posted below:
- DOE Perspectives on Sustainable Bioenergy Landscapes, Kristen Johnson, U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office
Waste to Energy Roadmapping Workshop
The Waste to Energy Roadmapping Workshop was held on November 5, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia. This workshop gathered waste-to-energy experts to identify the key technical barriers to the commercial deployment of liquid transportation fuels from wet waste feedstocks. For more information, see the Waste to Energy Roadmapping Workshop page.
Process Integration and Carbon Efficiency Workshop
The Process Integration and Carbon Efficiency Workshop was held on June 11-12, 2014 in Lakewood, Colorado. This workshop explored advances in biological and chemical conversion of lignocellulosic feedstocks to biofuels and bioproducts. For more information, see the Process Integration and Carbon Efficiency Workshop page.
Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System Workshop
The Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System Workshop was held on April 3, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana. This workshop explored the potential to partner renewable technologies with conventional petroleum refining by considering biomass-derived oils as an additional feedstock. For more information, see the Bio-Oil Co-Processing Workshop page.
Algal Biofuels Spring Strategy Workshop
The Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop was held March 26-27, 2014, in Charleston, South Carolina. This workshop focused on research and developments needed to achieve renewable algae-based biofuels. For more information, see the Algal Biofuels Workshop page.
Biomass Indirect Liquefaction Workshop
To support research and development planning efforts within the Thermochemical Conversion Program, BETO hosted the Biomass Indirect Liquefaction (IDL) Workshop on March 20-21, 2014, in Golden, Colorado. For more information, see the Biomass Indirect Liquefaction Workshop page.
Demonstration and Deployment Strategy Workshop
The Demonstration and Deployment Strategy Workshop was held on March 12-13, 2014, at Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Photon Source conference center outside of Chicago, Illinois. This workshop discussed, reassessed, and prioritized demonstration and deployment efforts needed for the production of affordable, scalable, and sustainable drop-in hydrocarbons. For more information, see the Demonstration and Deployment Strategy Workshop page.
Incorporating Bioenergy in Sustainable Landscape Design Workshop
BETO hosted two workshops on Incorporating Bioenergy into Sustainable Landscape Designs with Oak Ridge and Argonne National Laboratories. The first workshop focused on forestry landscapes and was held in New Bern, North Carolina, from March 4-6, 2014. The second workshop focused on agricultural landscapes and was held in Argonne, Illinois, from June 24-26, 2014. Landscape design offers a promising means for sustainably increasing bioenergy production while maintaining or enhancing other ecosystem services. The workshops convened multidisciplinary experts to discuss how landscape design can assist in the deployment and assessment of sustainable bioenergy, and how to move forward in a manner that best serves industry, decision makers, and producers, while achieving environmental goals. For more information and to view the first workshop summary report, see the Incorporating Bioenergy in Sustainable Landscape Design Workshop page on the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework.
Natural Gas-Biomass to Liquids Workshop
BETO, in coordination with the Office of Fossil Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory, hosted a workshop on September 3, 2013, on Natural Gas-Biomass to Liquids (GBTL) research needs and technology options. Biomass conversion processes, particularly thermochemical routes to hydrocarbons, already utilize natural gas for process heat and for hydrotreating (to remove excess oxygen) and hydrocracking (to create hydrocarbons of the appropriate chain length to meet the specifications for jet, gasoline, and diesel fuels). The recent development of the increased availability and low cost of natural gas has created opportunities to consider the use of natural gas as a feedstock for conversion into liquid hydrocarbons.
DOE is interested in understanding how the use of natural gas and biomass may be optimized and integrated into a conversion process to liquid fuels. The objective of this workshop was to obtain input from industry, academia, research establishments, and other experts on whether there is a role for DOE to conduct research and development and develop new process technologies. As a preliminary effort, the workshop explored the production of liquid transportation fuels from natural gas and biomass feedstocks, concentrating on two main tracks: technical barriers, and greenhouse gas emissions and resource potential.
The one-day workshop was held in Chicago, Illinois, and was a pre-conference event in conjunction with tcbiomass2013. Additional information from the event can be found below. Results from the workshop and information about a follow-up webinar will be posted to this page soon.
View some of the additional materials from the workshop:
- Attendee List
- Opening Presentation: Technical Barriers, Prasad Gupte and Zia Haq, BETO
- Opening Presentation: Greenhouse Gas Emissions/Resource Potential, Prasad Gupte and Zia Haq, BETO
Symbiosis Conference: Expanding Commercialization of Mutualistic Microbes to Increase Bioenergy Crop Production
BETO hosted a conference on expanding commercialization of products incorporating mutualistic microbes in order to increase biomass production. The conference was held on June 20-21, 2013, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The workshop contained topical sessions and breakout discussion groups focused on commercialization, including barriers and successes; systems biology and models; and policy and sustainability. Information from the Conference is posted below:
- Symbiosis Biofeedstock Conference Summary Report
- Speaker and Attendee List
- Symbiosis: Addressing Biomass Production Challenges and Climate Change, Cyd Hamilton, BETO
- The Future of Bioenergy Feedstock Production, John Ferrell, BETO
- Plant-Microbe Interactions: An Overview of Basic Research Supported by the DOE Office of Science, Catherine Ronning
- Enhancing Plant Growth and Stress Tolerance through Use of Fungi and Bacteria that Comprise Plant Microbiomes, Jim White
- Potential of Diazorphic, Endophytic Bacteria Associated with Sugarcane for Energycane Production , Michael Grisham
- Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Interactions—An Important Trait for Biomass Production of Bioenergy Crops, Heike Bucking
- Fungal Diversity within the Populus Rhizosphere and Endosphere, Gerald Tuskan
- Importance of Biomass Production and Supply, Bryce Stokes, BETO
- Developing a Low Input and Sustainable Switchgrass Feedstock Production System Utilizing Beneficial Bacterial Endophytes, Chuansheng Mei
Renewable Low-Cost Carbon Fiber for Lightweight Vehicles Workshop
BETO, in coordination with the Advanced Manufacturing and Vehicle Technologies Offices, hosted a workshop on the use of renewable, low-cost carbon fiber for lightweight vehicles on June 4-5, 2013. The workshop highlighted joint efforts to support end-to-end technology development for an enhanced domestic supply chain for low-cost carbon fiber. Information from the workshop is posted below:
The 78th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference
The 78th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference was held in Arlington, Virginia, on March 25-30, 2013. The event featured discussion of conservation, enhancement, and management of North American wildlife and natural resources. The summit was attended by government agencies, private-sector representatives, and industry stakeholders. The presentation given by BETO is posted below:
- Agricultural Conservation Committee Meeting Presentation, Kristen Johnson, BETO
The Third Annual Municipal Solid Waste to Biofuels and Bio-Products Summit
The Third Annual Municipal Solid Waste to Biofuels and Bio-Products Summit was held in Orlando, Florida, on February 20-21, 2013. The event featured discussion of technology commercialization, project economics, development, and operations, as well as financial investment strategies. The summit was attended by government agencies, private-sector representatives, and industry stakeholders. The presentation given by BETO is posted below:
- Market Drivers for Biofuels, Brian Duff, BETO
Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative's Sustainable Alternative Fuels Cost Workshop
On November 27, 2012, the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration and DOE, hosted a stakeholder workshop to benchmark the cost of producing sustainable bio-based jet-fuel processes. The event was held in advance of the 2012 CAAFI Research and Development Team Workshop on November 28-29. A white paper will be published on the CAAFI Sustainable Alternative Fuels Cost Workshop, featuring the technologies and approaches for producing biofuels that are of interest to the aviation sector.
The agenda, a roster of the participants, and presentations from the workshop are posted below:
- List of Participants
- New Technology Pathway Selection Effort, Alicia Lindauer, BETO
- Biochemical Conversion Processes, Mary Biddy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Thermochemical Conversion Processes, Johnathan Holladay, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Algae Derived Fuels, Daniel Fishman, BETO
- Feedstock Handling, Erin Searcy, Idaho National Laboratory
- Feedstock Crop Productivity, Harry Baumes, U.S. Department of Agriculture
- HEFA and Fischer-Tropsch Jet Fuel Cost Analyses, Robert Malina, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment
The National Institute of Standards and Technology Biofuels Standards Conference
The National Institute of Standards and Technology hosted the Biofuels Standards Conference in Gaithersburg, Maryland, November 13-15, 2012. The conference was organized in conjunction with the Brazilian National Institute of Metrology, Quality, and Technology and the European Commission's Directorate General – Energy to provide a forum for discussion on the following: documentary and measurement standards and technologies for biofuels; state-of-the-art biofuels production and trade; applications in surface transportation and aviation; and future trends that may require new biofuels standards. Experts from industry, academia, and government, as well as the U.S. national laboratories, attended the event. The presentation given by BETO is posted below:
- Bioenergy Technologies Office Overview, Senior Analyst, Zia Haq, BETO
Global Bioenergy Partnership Capacity-Building Workshop on Biomass Resource Assessment
The Global Bioenergy Partnership Economic Commission of West African State Capacity Building Workshop on Biomass Resource Assessment was held November 13-14, 2012, in Rome, Italy. The event's goal was to educate and train members from Western Africa countries to complete a biomass assessment. BETO participated by sharing the methodology used in the biomass assessment of the U.S. Billion-Ton Update and participating in the discussion of strategies for biomass assessments in Western Africa. The presentation given on behalf of BETO is posted below:
- U.S. Billion-Ton Update: Resource Assessment, Bryce Stokes, Senior Advisor with CNJV, BETO
Aviation Biofuels Development Conference
The Aviation Biofuels Development Conference was held in Washington, D.C., on October 2, 2012. The conference focused on industry challenges faced in the alternative aviation fuel market. BETO participated by providing a presentation on the economics of alternative aviation fuels. More than 200 leaders and pioneers from the industry, as well as executives from aviation, aerospace, biofuels, and regulatory arenas, attended the event. The presentation given by BETO is posted below:
- Advanced Biofuels Cost of Production, Zia Haq, senior analyst, BETO
Algae Biomass Summit
From September 24-27, 2012, the Algae Biomass Organization hosted its sixth annual Algae Biomass Summit, the largest conference of algal biomass stakeholders in the world. The summit was attended by more than 800 industry leaders, government representatives, and university and laboratory researchers—representing 25 different countries. Plenary and breakout sessions concentrated on four key topic areas: biology; commercialization; finance and policy; and engineering and analysis. The goal of the sessions was to identify and resolve barriers to competitive algae biomass production. The presentation given by BETO is posted below:
- Algae in the Bioenergy Technologies Office, Valerie Reed, acting program director, BETO
Advanced Biofuels Industry Roundtable
On May 18, 2012, the United States Department of Navy, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, DOE, and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration, hosted an Industry Roundtable with the full complement of participants in the biofuels supply chain. The purpose of the roundtable meeting was for the federal government to present further details on the partnership among the U.S. Department of Navy, DOE, and U.S. Department of Agriculture to construct or retrofit multiple commercial-scale advanced biorefineries.
The agenda for the roundtable, a roster of the participants, and presentations are posted below:
- List of Participants
- Department of the Navy Energy Program, Tom Hicks, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Energy
- Title III of the Defense Production Act, Matthew Seaford, deputy director of Defense Production Act Title III, Office of the Secretary of Defense
- DOE Perspectives on Advanced Hydrocarbon-based Biofuels, Zia Haq, DPA coordinator, BETO
- U.S. Navy Tactical Fuels From Renewable Sources Program, Rick Kamin, Navy Fuels Lead
- U.S. Air Force Energy Program, Omar Mendoza, Acquisition and R&D Policy, U.S. Air Force
- Bulk Fuel Procurement Process & Alternative Drop-in Fuel, Jeanne Binder, strategic energy analyst, Defense Logistics Agency, Energy
- Department of the Navy Energy Program, Paul Argyropoulos, senior policy advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Transportation and Air Quality
- Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels: Life-Cycle GHG Emissions Modeling, Jim Hileman, chief scientific and technical advisor, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
- Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels: Update on ASTM Approval , Nate Brown, Alternative Fuels project manager, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
Technical Information Exchange on Pyrolysis Oil Workshop
On May 9-10, 2012, BETO conducted a Technical Information Exchange Workshop to solicit inputs on the opportunities and challenges associated with the development and deployment of biomass derived home heating oil products for U.S. markets. The workshop featured presentations by technical experts from industry, academia, national laboratories, and government, and it facilitated discussions of technical and economic challenges, as well as research, development, and demonstration priorities. The workshop generated a wealth of information and ideas, and the program will use the workshop results to inform its strategic planning and prioritizing of future research and development on pyrolysis oil.
Approximately 8 million households in the United States heat with oil; 6.2 million (about 78%) are located in the Northeast. Given this high reliance on fuel oil for residential heating, an affordable alternative would be particularly beneficial to this region. Pyrolysis oil derived from domestic biomass has been identified as one of the most promising alternatives for this market. However, we must overcome significant challenges to reliably produce an ample supply of pyrolysis oil that has the characteristics required for it to be a viable substitute for traditional heating oil.
Below are the agenda and presentations from this two-day meeting:
- Qualification of Alternative Fuels, Tom Butcher, Brookhaven National Laboratory
- The Future of Home Heating, John Huber, National Oilheat Research Alliance
- Biomass Derivatives Competitive with Heating Oil Costs, Elliott Levine, BETO
- Known Challenges Associated with the Production, Transportation, Storage and Usage of Pyrolysis Oil in Residential and Industrial Settings, Dr. Jani Lehto, principal scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
- Facilitated Discussion on Challenge 1 – Feedstock and Production – feedstock availability, homogeneity, process and conditioning enhancements and specifications
- Renewable Heating Oil – A Commercial Perspective, Steve Lupton, Envergent Technologies LLC
- Facilitated Discussion on Challenge 2 – Logistics and Compatibility with Existing Infrastructure throughout supply chain – substitution and replacement issues in transport, storage and use
- Facilitated Discussion on Challenge # 3 – Operational Issues – what are the most significant barriers to overcome in each market segment
In February 2013, BETO published a full report on the results of this workshop: