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Sustaining a Commitment to Bioenergy

July 10–11, 2012
Washington, D.C. Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW  
Washington, D.C. 20001

On July 10–11, 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted its fifth annual conference, Biomass 2012: Confronting Challenges, Creating Opportunities – Sustaining a Commitment to Bioenergy, at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. This year's conference was co-hosted by Advanced Biofuels USA and examined the dynamic playing field of bioenergy in 2012 as exciting new technologies move forward within a shifting policy, tax, and economic landscape. The Biomass 2012 Agenda outlines events from the conference, including information about the exciting breakout sessions.

Biomass 2012 brought together hundreds of diverse stakeholders, with key decision-makers in the public and private sectors, as well as a range of interdisciplinary experts, who discussed the latest advances in bioenergy technology, policy news, and financing strategies. Situated just blocks away from Capitol Hill, the White House, federal agencies, and the headquarters of numerous national and international organizations, the conference provided a superb forum for open dialogue about overcoming common challenges and sustaining our national commitment to building the advanced bioenergy economy. For the first time, the Bioenergy Technologies Office issued a Call for Posters, which were presented at this year's conference.

Also for the first time in conference history, the Office used the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework's social media accounts to share live details of the conference with people who were unable to attend. Utilizing Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as the Bioenergy Technologies Office Blog, the Office shared pictures, quotes, and more. To review some of the posts, see the social media sites:

Speaker Presentations

The conference support staff maintains files from the Biomass 2012 conference. Please note that not all presentations from the conference are available at the request of certain speakers. Presenters retain full copyrights to the information contained in their presentations. To access presentations from Biomass 2012, please contact the BETO webmaster.

Call for Posters

The Office issued a Call for Posters for the first time at this conference. Selected posters were prominently displayed and presented throughout the conference. Post session topics included research on feedstock development; feedstock supply logistics; conversion technologies; algal biofuels; advanced or drop-in biofuels; environmental and social impacts and sustainability; techno-economic analysis; and sustainable development and energy access. Applicants included university, graduate, and post-doctoral students; researchers from the national labs, research institutes, and universities; and private researchers and other members of the public.

For questions related to the conference, please contact the BETO webmaster.