On September 25 and 26, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE's) Bioenergy Technologies Office will host a workshop to identify data and R&D 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 will discuss 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.
The workshop will focus on the current state-of-the-art and R&D needs pertaining to:
- Using dedicated energy crops to improve water quality and soil health (e.g., enhanced soil carbon levels) and provide other benefits
- Algae technologies including direct harvest of algal blooms, turf scrubbers, and macroalgae
- Quantification and valorization of ecosystem services
- Low-cost sensors and data management systems that enable production of dedicated energy crops and algae
- Overcoming challenges of integrating biomass production for restoration with bioenergy feedstock supply chain needs
Please register for the event here. Attendance is capped at 70, so please register as soon as possible.
If you are interested in giving a 3x5 presentation (a 5-minute presentation consisting of 3 slides) to help define the state of technology or R&D and data needs, please submit an abstract by email to Camryn Sorg (Camryn.Sorg@ee.doe.gov). Submissions should be received by Tuesday, September 10.
Day 1: September 25, 2019 (8:30AM-5PM CT)
Day 2: September 26, 2019 (8:30AM-12:00PM CT)
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Avenue
Lemont, IL 60439
Please find the draft agenda here. Presentations and speakers are subject to change.
There are many conveniently located hotels near Argonne National Laboratory. A list of suggested locations can be found here.