Tag: DOE

Small Business Booster Rocket from DOE offers small business assistance

Small Business Booster Rocket from DOE offers small business assistance

December 29, 2014 |

Small business owners either imagine or have actually experienced rushing headlong for an open door marked “federal funds” only to have it slammed in their face for one reason or another. This is especially true of certain kinds of small businesses, and that landscape is about to change. The current round of DOE funding opportunities […]

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The DOE’s shifting worldview for biofuels deployment, now through 2030

The DOE’s shifting worldview for biofuels deployment, now through 2030

December 28, 2014 |

Feedstock costs and challenges come under the microscope as the DOE reports new data on algae-based feedstocks and terrestrial crops too. Can algae-based biofuels reach full commercial scale by 2030? The Digest investigates. Twice this year, the US DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has issued a revision of its ongoing Multi-Year Program Plan, once this summer […]

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DOE awards SUNY with up to $3 million for woody feedstock logistics

DOE awards SUNY with up to $3 million for woody feedstock logistics

December 22, 2014 |

In New York state, the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded up to $3 million to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to develop and demonstrate ways to reduce the cost of delivering woody bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries. Specifically, the grant will be used to lower the delivered cost of short-rotation woody crops; […]

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Philippines expects to introduce B5 by late 2015

Philippines expects to introduce B5 by late 2015

December 15, 2014 |

In the Philippines, the Dept. of Energy still expects the B5 policy to be implemented by the end 2015 as planned, up from B2 currently, as part of the country’s energy policy through 2020. The economic impact and technical aspects of the policy change are still under investigation, with the results of a study from […]

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DOE announces $7 million for biorefinery feedstock logistics projects

DOE announces $7 million for biorefinery feedstock logistics projects

December 4, 2014 |

In Washington, the Energy Department announced up to $7 million for two projects aimed at developing and demonstrating ways to reduce the cost of delivering bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries. Examples of bioenergy feedstocks include corn stover, switchgrass, and woody biomass. By investing in this type of research, development, and demonstration, the Energy Department is supporting […]

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Algae Biomass Organization lauds DOE’s Loan Guarantee program track record

Algae Biomass Organization lauds DOE’s Loan Guarantee program track record

November 24, 2014 |

In Washington, the Algae Biomass Organization is reporting favorably on the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office’s report that the agency’s program to finance new energy technologies is expected to take in some $5 billion in interest payments-far exceeding many expectations and throwing cold water on claims that the program was a failure. The financial […]

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory improving technology transfer rate, brings in $3m

Oak Ridge National Laboratory improving technology transfer rate, brings in $3m

November 3, 2014 |

In Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has seen an improving connection between private business and the use of technology, with 101 licenses and options executed during the last three years, totaling $3m for the year. Mike Paulus, director of Technology Transfer, attributes the growth in large part to the Technology Innovation Program, Bridging the Gap […]

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University of Nebraska cellulosic GHG study sees rebuttals

University of Nebraska cellulosic GHG study sees rebuttals

November 3, 2014 |

In Nature Climate Change, a recent study performed at the University of Nebraska that cast doubt on whether biofuels produced from corn residue could meet the federal mandate for cellulosic ethanol has garnered criticism also published in the same journal. The criticism notes that the model ignored some of the carbon benefits associated with cellulosic […]

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DOE highlights algae for targeted research grants

DOE highlights algae for targeted research grants

October 30, 2014 |

In Washington, the US Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced nine topics and 26 new subtopics under its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer (STTR) programs that will help small businesses develop and deliver market-driven clean energy technologies. DOE advises: “This year, EERE’s areas of interest range from energy-saving […]

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JBEI identifies microbial genes to boost biogasonline production

JBEI identifies microbial genes to boost biogasonline production

October 28, 2014 |

In California, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have identified microbial genes that can improve both the tolerance and the production of biogasoline in engineered strains of Escherichia coli. Aindrila Mukhopadhyay, a chemist who directs the host engineering program for JBEI’s Fuels Synthesis Division, led a study in which […]

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