The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) at the Department of Energy aims to identify and address key technical barriers to the commercial deployment of liquid transportation fuels from waste feedstocks. As part of this effort, BETO held a Waste-to-Energy Workshop on November 5, 2014. The participants discussed anaerobic digestion, hydrothermal liquefaction, and other processes that make productive use of wastewater residuals, biosolids, foodstuffs, and organic municipal solid waste.  Specifically, the participants met in facilitated breakout sessions to explore the following topics:

  • Anaerobic Digestion of Wastewater Residuals and Biosolids
  • Anaerobic Digestion of Foodstuffs and Other Organic Municipal Solid Waste
  • Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Wastewater Residuals and Biosolids
  • Other Conversion Processes of Foodstuffs and Other Organic Municipal Solid Waste

View the Workshop Agenda for more about the breakout sessions.

Information gathered during the workshop on the challenges and barriers related to the efficient production of biofuels and bio-based chemicals from wet waste feedstocks is available to the public in the following summary report: Waste-to-Energy Workshop Summary Report

Speaker Presentations

Attendee Networking Tool

The Attendee Networking Tool provided a concise listing of workshop attendees, their backgrounds, areas of expertise, and contact information to facilitate identification of potential partners for waste-to-energy projects. For questions about the tool, please contact