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The Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels

Posted on November 19, 2012 16:49 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Phase 1 of the Sapphire Energy Green Crude Farm


In June 2010, the U.S. Energy Department (DOE) commissioned the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (NRC) to convene a committee to investigate the potential for an environmentally sustainable domestic algal biofuels industry. The NRC’s report identifies priority areas for improving the long-term, national-scale sustainability of algal biofuels and notably finds no showstoppers.

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Bioenergy Post-Doc Profile Series: Sarah Hobdey

Posted on September 21, 2012 08:09 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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The Bioenergy Technologies Office supports four post-doctoral researchers at various national labs. They are an important part of the Office's portfolio of applied research and development activities happening all across the nation, and our post-docs reflect our strong commitment to strengthen the bioenergy industry and create green jobs. We've profiled the Bioenergy Technologies Office post-docs right here over the past two days, so be sure to check out the posts from earlier this week to meet David Lampert and Padmaja Gunda and learn more about their research. But today, let's meet Sarah Hobdey to close out our Post-Doc Profile Series.

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Bioenergy Post-Doc Profile Series: Padmaja Gunda

Posted on September 20, 2012 08:02 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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The Bioenergy Technologies Office supports four post-doctoral researchers at various national labs. They are an important part of the Office's portfolio of applied research and development activities happening all across the nation, and our post-docs reflect our strong commitment to strengthen the bioenergy industry and create green jobs. This week we're profiling the Bioenergy Technologies Office post-docs right here, so be sure to check back to meet them and learn more about their research. Yesterday, we highlighted David Lampert; next up, we have Padmaja Gunda.



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Bioenergy Post-Doc Profile Series: David Lampert

Posted on September 19, 2012 12:35 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Head shot of David Lampert

The Bioenergy Technologies Office supports three post-doctoral researchers at various national labs. They are an important part of the Office's portfolio of applied research and development activities happening all across the nation and our post-docs reflect our strong commitment to strengthen the bioenergy industry and create green jobs. We'll be profiling the Bioenergy Technologies Office post-docs right here over the next three days, so be sure to check back to meet them and learn more about their research. First up, we have David Lampert.

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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Investments Lead to Early Success for Bio-Based Companies

Posted on August 30, 2012 15:31 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

On June 26, 2012, Edeniq, Inc., officially launched its first-of-a-kind Corn to Cellulosic Migration (CCM) pilot-scale biorefinery in California that will be able to produce 50,000 gallons per year of cellulosic ethanol. The new plant utilizes its patented Cellunator™ technology to process non-food feedstocks, such as corn stover, switchgrass, and other non-starch biomass. Representing a breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production, the Cellunator™ technology will enable migration of first generation corn-based biofuel plants to second generation cellulosic feedstocks. The launch of the Edeniq CCM biorefinery project has created 31 jobs and represents an early success made possible by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) investment of $20.5 million in funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).   


The DOE Biomass Program has been able to fund more than 35 projects with the $718 million provided by the Recovery Act—projects that will advance biofuels research and speed commercialization of advanced biofuels and bioproducts. These projects will create at least 2,600 new jobs during the 2009–2014 timespan.  


Recovery Act awards have also spurred the creation of a competitive, sustainable, green marketplace, advancing exciting projects, such as the following: [More]



Biomass 2012: Day 2 Photo Recap

Posted on July 11, 2012 10:48 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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Biomass 2012: Day 1 Photo Recap

Posted on July 10, 2012 14:18 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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Follow Us at Biomass 2012!

Posted on July 10, 2012 08:05 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Today is Day 1 of Biomass 2012: Confronting Challenges, Creating Opportunities—Sustaining a Commitment to Bioenergy! This year, we’re trying something new. We’ll be live-tweeting the conference and providing live updates on Facebook via the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (KDF), as well as right here on the blog. [More]


The State of the Biomass Industry – The Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office Perspective

Posted on June 18, 2012 17:40 | via Valerie Reed

Acting Program Manager Valerie Reed provides her thoughts on the state of the industry and the Bioenergy Technologies Office's efforts to help the nation secure a clean energy future.


Earlier this year, I came across an article from AOL Energy where BP Biofuels North American President Sue Ellerbush is quoted as saying “The cellulosic ethanol and advanced biofuels industry is on the cusp of an increase in scale that will prove biofuels critics wrong. We know the technology works and very soon we will be saying, “I told you so!”

I started working with the Bioenergy Technologies Office 19 years ago and people within the Department, and even within the Office, shared with me the concerns that we wouldn’t see that kind of technology “in my lifetime.” Well, the last time I checked I am still alive and WE ARE seeing it! Four commercial-scale biorefineries have already broken ground, with the backing of strong companies that have the potential to make them successful. We have also successfully validated technologies across the entire value chain to show that cellulosic ethanol will indeed be cost competitive with petroleum. [More]