Tag: DOE

On the Move in the Bioeconomy: DOE Loan Programs Office, POET

On the Move in the Bioeconomy: DOE Loan Programs Office, POET

June 27, 2015 |

In Washington, Peter Davison is stepping down Executive Director of the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office to return to the private sector. He said: “When I first joined LPO in May 2013, the program was at a crossroads.  We had not issued a new loan in more than two years, could not accept any […]

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Purdue gets $6.5 million from ARPA-Energy for sorghum research

Purdue gets $6.5 million from ARPA-Energy for sorghum research

June 25, 2015 |

In Indiana, Purdue University has been awarded $6.5 million by the U.S. Department of Energy for research aimed at producing superior strains of sorghum suitable for growing as a biofuel. The grant is among six Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture awards nationwide from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. The projects are focused on accelerating […]

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US DOE to fund Bioenergy Technologies Incubators

US DOE to fund Bioenergy Technologies Incubators

June 23, 2015 |

At the DOE Bioenergy conference, DOE itself was a newsmaker with an innovative program to aid “novel and potentially disruptive ideas that do not necessarily satisfy the requirement of specific FOAs, yet still meet the goals and mission of BETO.” In Washington, the US Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy said that it intends […]

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4 Minutes with…Valerie Reed, Senior Advisor for Bioenergy and Natural Resources, USDA

4 Minutes with…Valerie Reed, Senior Advisor for Bioenergy and Natural Resources, USDA

June 21, 2015 |

Valerie has led efforts on utilization of biomass for fuels and chemicals for over 22 years, resulting in significant cost reductions in the cost of cellulosic ethanol from approximately $9/gal to current projected cost of $2.15/gal.  She has helped initiate research pathways that now include technologies that are projected to reduce the cost of diesel […]

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Marine Manufacturers OK 16 percent biobutanol blends for recreational marine engines

Marine Manufacturers OK 16 percent biobutanol blends for recreational marine engines

June 17, 2015 |

In Washington, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced support of the use of fuels blended with up to 16 percent biobutanol in recreational marine engines. This decision follows five years of evaluation performed by NMMA with the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), under the direction and guidance of the U.S. Department of Energy […]

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Why we have a Joint BioEnergy Institute: the story of ionic liquids

Why we have a Joint BioEnergy Institute: the story of ionic liquids

June 15, 2015 |

The development of ionic liquids, and the potential for a transformative impact on the cost and sources of renewable fuels, demonstrates why DOE created a clutch of integrated bioenergy research centers. How’s the progress? Lookin’ good. Here’s more. It’s been the big, big problem in biomass deconstruction and cellulosic fuels — the finicky nature of […]

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DOE focuses in on “Opportunities in a Changing Energy Landscape” at Bioenergy 2015

DOE focuses in on “Opportunities in a Changing Energy Landscape” at Bioenergy 2015

June 15, 2015 |

In Washington, on this June 23–24 the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host its eighth annual conference—Bioenergy 2015: Opportunities in a Changing Energy Landscape. Co-hosted with the Clean Energy Research and Education Foundation (CEREF), this year’s conference will focus on opportunities and challenges in our current highly dynamic energy ecosystem. […]

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Longtime DOE Bioenergy technologies leader Brian Duff loses battle with leukemia

Longtime DOE Bioenergy technologies leader Brian Duff loses battle with leukemia

June 6, 2015 |

In Rhode Island, longtime DOE leader and former Chief Engineer Brian Duff, died after a short battle with leukemia. Duff was diagnosed early this spring with an aggressive terminal cancer and he decided not to pursue treatment, according to friends.  He spent his last days at his brother’s beach house in Rhode Island where he […]

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Mascoma and DOE researchers develop yeast strain to boost cellulosic biofuels

Mascoma and DOE researchers develop yeast strain to boost cellulosic biofuels

June 3, 2015 |

In Tennessee, Mascoma LLC and the U.S. Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center have developed a revolutionary strain of yeast that could help significantly accelerate the development of biofuels from nonfood plant matter. The approach could provide a pathway to eventual expansion of biofuels production beyond the current output limited to ethanol derived from corn. C5 […]

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DOE-funded researchers look at gene from insect gut microbe to break down cellulose

DOE-funded researchers look at gene from insect gut microbe to break down cellulose

May 28, 2015 |

In California, in a study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, a team including researchers from the DOE JGI and the DOE-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center characterized the structure and function of a GH55 protein – SacteLam55A. The gene SACTE_4363 encodes this protein and was isolated from the microbe SirexAA-E in the gut […]

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