The U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office conducted a complete program review, including its platforms, in 2011 as part of the biennial requirement for all Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs. The process began with the review of the Office's eight primary technology areas (platforms) from February through April of 2011 and ended with a summary review of the entire Program on June 26–27, 2011.
These Peer Reviews were conducted to obtain independent assessments of the Office's active project portfolio—which includes research, development, deployment, and demonstration activities—throughout fiscal years 2010 and 2011; review the accomplishments and achievements of the Program; and gather constructive feedback on the management and strategic direction of the Bioenergy Technologies Office.
In total, 217 Office-funded projects (approximately 85% of its portfolio), all eight platforms' strategic plans, and the overall Program direction were reviewed. The review process utilized 69 reviewers with subject matter expertise and experience in industry, government, and academia. An independent six-person Steering Committee was also used to guide the process to ensure the review process methodology was consistently implemented across all platforms.
The results from the 2011 reviews are contained in the following reports:
- Program Peer Review Report
- IBR Platform Review Report
- Infrastructure Platform Review Report
- Biochemical Conversion Platform Review Report
- Thermochemical Conversion Platform Review Report
- Analysis Platform Review Report
- Sustainability Platform Review Report
- Feedstock Platform Review Report
- Algae Platform Review Report