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US DOE Promoting Zero Energy Ready Homes Program (Ind. Report)
US DOE EERE
Date: 2019-08-28
The US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is touting it Zero Energy Ready Homes Program which it claims "offers a superior homeowner experience."

According to the agency, Zero Energy Ready homes last longer because its requirements combine the best of building science with the latest technologies and systems, innovative building practices, and risk management solutions.

Every certified Zero Energy Ready Home: breathes better with a comprehensive package of indoor air quality features; provides complete top-to-bottom water protection; incorporate DOE ENERGY STAR products throughout; ensures quality with independent verification, testing, and diagnostics; and delivers $10,000s of utility bill savings over the life of a mortgage, the agency release noted. (Source: US DOE EERE, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/zero-energy-ready-homes; ENERGY STAR, energystar.gov/about

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  


DOE Announces $40Mn to Advance H2@Scale Projects (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2019-08-16
Reporting from Washington, the the U.S. DOE has announced approximately $40 million in FY 2019 funding for 29 projects to advance the H2@Scale concept to enable affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, transport, storage and utilization. Funding will be through the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and a contribution from DOE Office of Nuclear Energy.

The U.S. produces over 10 million tonnes of hydrogen, nearly one-seventh of the global supply, primarily for oil refining and fertilizer production. Hydrogen infrastructure includes over 1,600 miles of hydrogen pipeline, a growing network of stations, and thousands of tons of storage in underground caverns. The hydrogen can be stored, distributed, and/or used as a fuel for transportation, stationary power, process or building heat, and industrial and manufacturing sectors.(Source: US DOE EERE Fuel Cell Technologies Office , PR, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE Fuel Cell Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/fuel-cell-technologies-office

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  


DOE Awards $2Mn for Performance Computing Energy Efficiency (Funding)
DOE EERE
Date: 2019-07-29
In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) reports it has awarded $2 million in funding for seven new high performance computing projects, as part of the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative.

The initiative is a DOE-wide effort comprising EERE, the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), the Office of Science, and the National Laboratories. The initiative helps to leverage the National Laboratories' high performance computing capabilities to address challenges in manufacturing and materials through state-of-the-art modeling, simulation, and data analysis. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) leads the HPC4EI program along with partner laboratories Argonne, Lawrence Berkeley, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest and Sandia National Laboratories, as well as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and National Energy Technology Laboratory. Funded projects include:

  • NYC-based Ferric, Inc. will partner with LLNL to develop analytical tools that will combine traditional electromagnetic finite-element analysis with micromagnetic simulation.

  • Applied Materials in Sunnyvale, Calif. will continue to work with LLNL on Phase II of developing predictive modeling capabilities for the advanced film deposition technique, High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering.

  • Gas Technology Institute in Des Plaines, Ill., Gopher Resource, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will partner to use high performance computing to increase the productivity of secondary lead furnaces.

  • Kingsport, Tenn.-based Eastman Chemical will collaborate with Argonne National Laboratory on developing open-source software-based models of a gas atomizer based on ongoing work being performed at Eastman.

  • Praxair Surface Technologies Inc. in Indianapolis will work with Ames National Laboratory to enhance the efficiency of metal powder production for additive manufacturing applications.

    Within the High Performance Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls) Program, EERE's Vehicle Technologies Office has selected two projects:

  • PPG Industries will collaborate with LLNL and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to apply classical molecular dynamics simulations and density functional tight-binding calculations.

  • AK Steel in Middletown, Ohio will collaborate with ORNL on thermo-mechanical forming process development to produce tailored strength automotive structural components. The Office of Fossil Energy selected two additional HPC4Mtls projects to support. Industry partners provide at least 20 pct of the funding for new projects. (Source:DOE EERE, PR, EIN,July, 2019) Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • ASHRAE, US DOE Ink Cooperation Agreement (Ind. Report)
    US DOE EERE
    Date: 2019-06-12
    ASHRAE -- the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers -- reports the recenting inking of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) formalizing its co-operation with the U.S. government to implement numerous initiatives to improve energy efficiency in buildings. ASHRAE and DOE seek to work cooperatively to:
  • Improve the efficient use of energy, building resiliency and improve building performance;

  • Encourage the continued development of voluntary consensus-based standards related to energy efficiency and encourage the adoption of technologically feasible and economically justified energy efficiency measures in each succeeding version of Standard 90.1 (Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings) by states to ensure energy and cost savings;

  • Provide and encourage the use of clear and consistent information to the building industry about building energy rating and labeling;

  • Work within the building community and related professions to encourage the interoperability of building related software and integrated solutions. (Source: ASHRAE, Website, 28 May, 2019) Contact: ASHRAE, Sheila Hayter, Pres, (404) 636-8400, www.ashrae.org; US DOE, www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  ASHRAE,  Energy Eficiency,  


  • DOE Announces $79 Mn Funding for Bioenergy R&D (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In Washington, the US DOE has announced over $79 million in funding for bioenergy R&D including biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. This funding supports Agency's goal of providing consumers and businesses with a range of domestic energy options that are affordable, reliable, and secure.

    The FOA topics will advance DOE's Bioenergy Technology Office's (BETO) objectives to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. Topics areas for this funding opportunity include the following:

  • Cultivation Intensification Processes for Algae -- Develop technologies for outdoor algae systems that increase the harvest yield, reliability and quality of algae;

  • Biomass Component Variability and Feedstock Conversion Interface: Research to lower the cost and improve the reliability of biomass handling and preprocessing;

  • Efficient Wood Heaters -- Develop technologies to reduce emissions and increase efficiency of wood heaters for residential heating;

  • Systems Research of Hydrocarbon Biofuel Technologies -- Integrate new technologies and processes in experimental prototype systems to improve and verify real-world performance and lower the cost of drop-in Biofuels;

  • Optimization of Biomass-Derived Jet Fuel Blends -- Identify and develop cost-competitive drop-in renewable jet fuel with improved energy density and lower particulate matter emissions;

  • Renewable Energy from Urban and Suburban Wastes: Support academic research and educational programs that focus on strategies to produce bioenergy and bioproducts from urban and suburban waste feedstocks;

  • Advanced Bioprocessing and Agile BioFoundry -- Reduce the time and cost of developing biological processes for biomanufacturing fuels and products through the use of synthetic biology, low capital intensity methods, and continuous production systems;

  • Plastics in the Circular Carbon Economy -- Develop biobased plastics with improved performance and recyclability and lower the cost and energy-intensity of recycling existing plastics through enhanced degradation;

  • Rethinking Anaerobic Digestion: Develop anaerobic processes or alternative strategies to enhance carbon conversion efficiency and lower costs of smaller scale wet waste systems;

  • Reducing Water, Energy, and Emissions in Bioenergy -- Identify biofuels or bioproducts technologies with the greatest potential for reducing water consumption, energy consumption, and/or emissions relative to existing conventional fuels or products.

    This FOA also supports the Water Security Grand Challenge, a White House initiated, DOE-led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water. In particular, this funding will support R&D focused on anaerobic digestion, a technology that can help achieve the Grand Challenge's goal to double resource recovery from municipal wastewater. (Source: US DOE EERE, 3 May, 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Anaerobic Digestion ,  


  • DOE Offering Solar Resiliency R&D Funding (R&D, Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2018-10-17
    The U.S. DOE is reporting the availability of as much as $46 million in research funding to improve the resiliency of solar generation and the development of holistic solutions that can provide grid operators with situational awareness and mitigation strategies against cyber and physical threats.

    The funded projects will develop and validate control strategies, real-time system monitoring, communications, and other technologies to make solar power at the bulk power and distribution levels more resilient. Approximately 10 projects ranging from $2 million to $10 million will be funded over three years.

    More funding information can be found HERE. (Source: US DOE EERE, Oct., 2018) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Solar,  DOE EERE,  


    $34.5Mn Funding Offered for Building Technology R&D (Funding]
    DOE Building Technologies Office
    Date: 2018-05-11
    The U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO) has announced up to $34.5 million in two funding opportunities -- the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2018 and Solid-state Lighting (SSL) Research.

    BENEFIT 2018 will fund up to $19.5 million for 15 to 25 cost-shared projects focused on early-stage R&D to enable the development of new technologies to improve energy efficiency, reduce the energy costs in buildings, and facilitate interaction with the electricity grid.

    Specifically, this BTO funding opportunity is interested in:

  • advanced separation technologies for building energy efficiency;
  • advanced building materials;
  • high-performance windows; novel approaches for cyber-physical systems in buildings;
  • integration research of advanced commercial energy efficiency packages; and
  • advancements in natural gas and other fuel-driven equipment.

    Seterately, SSL Research will fund up to $15 million for ten to 15 cost-shared projects to conduct early-stage R&D in SSL technology. The funding will accelerate development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products with the purpose of reducing lighting energy use. Under this funding opportunity, BTO is interested in four topic areas:

  • core technology research for LEDs, OLEDs, and cross-cutting lighting research;
  • proof-of-concept and prototype development for LEDs and OLEDs;
  • advanced fabrication R&D;
  • innovative lighting in a limited mock field application.

    Concept papers for BENEFIT 2018 are due June 8, with full applications due August 23. Applications for SSL are due June 18. (Source: US DOE EERE, Construction Specifier, May, 2018) Contact: US DOE BTO, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  DOE Building Technologies Office,  


  • Trump's Draft Budget Rips Renewable Energy Funding (Reg & Leg)
    DOE EERE,ENERGY Star
    Date: 2018-02-14
    "President Trump's draft budget released today proposes to slash funding for the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) program by $1.3 billion, a 65 pct cut from the 2017 budget. Trump's budget serves as a starting point for congressional negotiations as well as a blueprint for the administration's priorities.

    "Trump's steep cuts are a really ugly assault on clean energy. This is a counterproductive move that will threaten our climate, good jobs and economic progress, said Greer Ryan, renewable energy and research specialist at the Center for Biological Diversity. 'While the proposal is unlikely to make it through Congress, it's another clear signal that Trump will do anything to prop up dirty coal and nuclear power.'

    "The EERE program, which includes programs to increase the generation of electricity from clean energy sources and improve the efficiency of homes, businesses and industries, has been widely successful. A third-party analysis found that $12 billion in funding yielded an estimated $230 billion in net economic benefit to the U.S.

    "The administration also proposed to eliminate funding for the popular Energy Star program as part of cuts to the EPA. The budget proposes that the program's administrative costs be covered by user fees, which companies would have to pay to use the label."

    The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. (Source: Center for Biological Diversity, PR, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, Greer Ryan, (812) 345-8571, gryan@biologicaldiversity.org, www.biologicaldiversity.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Energy Efficiency,  DOE EERE,  ENERGY Star,  


    Navy to Test Irish Wave Ocean Energy Technology (Ind. Report)
    Ocean Energy,Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
    Date: 2018-02-02
    In Ireland, County Cork-headquartered wave energy technology developer Ocean Energy reports it has sealed a €5.25 million deal with the US Navy to test its OE Bouy wave energy converter at the Navy's Wave Energy Test Site in Hawaii. The test unit will be built by Oregon-based marine-fabrication company Vigor, and deployed at a test site on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu this autumn.

    The project is being partially funded by US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). (Source: Ocean Energy, newstalk.com, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: Ocean Energy, John McCarthy, CEO, +353 (0)21-4816780, info@oceanenergy.ie, www.oceanenergy.ie; Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, +353 1 808 2100, www.seai.ie; US DOE EERE, energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  Wave Energy,  Ocean Energy,  ,  


    LLNL Funded Biofuel-Producing Algae R&D (Funding, R&D)
    General Automation Lab Technologies,Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Date: 2018-02-02
    The US DOE reports it has awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) a three-year, $1.5 million grant to improve the growth and efficiency of biofuel-producing algae through the alteration of their microbiomes. LLNL will collaborate with San Francisco-based startup General Automation Lab Technologies (GALT) whose novel technology will help the researchers to better understand how algae grow and function in different microbial conditions. This is essential to being able to increase algal production for alternative fuels.

    The project is being funded by Funded by the DOE Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). BETO works with industry, academia and national laboratory partners on a balanced portfolio of research in algal biofuels technologies. (Source: US DOE, LLNL. Feb., 2018) Contact: LLNL, Xavier Mayali, (925) 423-3892, mayali1@llnl.gov; Ty Samo, (925) 423-5837, samo1@llnl.gov, www.llnl.gov; BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office; US DOE EERE, http://energy.gov/eere; General Automation Lab Technologies, (917) 332-7230, www.galt-inc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  DOE BETO,  General Automation Lab Technologies,  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,  Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  Biofuel ,  


    DOE Announces $18.5 Mn for Offshore Wind R&D (Funding)
    DOE EERE
    Date: 2017-12-13
    In the nation's capital, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has announced $18.5 million in new Department of Energy (DOE) funding for an offshore wind research and development (R&D) consortium that will conduct U.S.-specific research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S.

    The consortium will be a cooperative private-public innovation hub addressing wind plant technology advancement, resource and physical site characterization, installation, operations and maintenance, supply chain technology solutions, and related relevant offshore wind topics and technologies.

    The DOE intends to select an administrator to coordinate the collaborative R&D activities conducted by the consortium. The consortium will include members of the offshore wind industry who will contribute funds to the consortium and use the research findings to further advance technologies. In addition to the initial $18.5 million funding, $2 million will be allocated to research at DOE's national laboratories to support consortium R&D activities. (Source: US DOE EERE, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: US DOE EERE, energy.gov/eere/wind

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  DOE EERE,  


    DOE BETO Announces Fourth MEGA-BIO Award (Ind. Report)
    DOE BETO,Michigan State University
    Date: 2017-08-04
    The U.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has announced it will award a fourth project -- up to $1.8 million -- under the MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Funding Opportunity. In August 2016, BETO selected three projects for an initial round of funding. The total funding for the four MEGA-BIO awards is $13.1 million.

    Michigan State University was selected to manage the fourth project, which will work in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MBI International to optimize a two-stage process for deconstruction of biomass into two clean intermediate streams: sugars for the production of hydrocarbon fuels and lignins for the production of multiple value-added chemicals and as a feedstock for renewable bichemicals.

    All four projects are supporting the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce variable amounts of fuels and/or products based on external factors, such as market demand. Producing high-value bioproducts alongside cost-competitive biofuels has the potential to support a positive return on investment for a biorefinery through converting biomass to where it is most impactful. Producing value-added coproducts is an approach to achieving DOE's strategic goal of producing hydrocarbon fuels at $3 per gasoline gallon equivalent. (Source: US DOE, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office; US DOE EERE, http://energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochemical,  BETO,  DOE EERE,  Biochemical,  Biofuel,  


    DOE Announces $3.7Mn High Performance Housing Innovation Funding (Funding)
    US DOE, DOE EERE,
    Date: 2017-07-07
    The U.S. Energy Department has announced up to $3.7 million to study and validate new energy efficiency solutions that will lead to improved home energy efficiency, smarter home operations, and energy cost savings.

    The selected projects will accelerate energy performance improvements in existing and new residential buildings using an integrated building systems approach to achieve peak energy performance. The work will also contribute to achieving the Residential Building Integration program's goals of reducing new home energy consumption by at least 60 pct and existing homes by at least 40 pct, relative to the 2010 average for homes in each U.S. climate zone. Building America project teams will focus on developing and implementing solutions to three interrelated core technical challenges: high-performance building envelope assemblies and systems; optimal comfort systems for heating, cooling, air distribution, and humidity control; and high-performance ventilation systems and indoor air quality strategies.

    Projects selected for funding include:

  • Newport Partners: Development of Laboratory Test Methods for Low-Cost Indoor Air Quality Sensors;
  • Building Envelope Materials: Validation Study of Experimental Insulating and Air-Sealing Technology for Enclosed Roof Cavities;
  • University of Central Florida: Integrated HVAC Control Methods for Supplemental High Efficiency Mini-Split Heat Pumps in Existing Homes;
  • Home Innovation Research Labs Inc.: Advanced HVAC Equipment Design Strategies for Optimal Efficiency and Humidity Control;
  • Rocky Mountain Institute: Experimental Envelope Fabrication Process for Integrated Zero Energy Ready Multifamily Renovations;
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: Baseline Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Field Study in Occupied New U.S. Homes: Cold and Marine Climates; and
  • University of Central Florida: Baseline Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Field Study in Occupied New U.S. Homes: Hot-Humid and Mixed-Humid Climate. (Source: US DOE EERE, July, 2017) Contact: US DOE EERE, http://energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  DOE EERE,  ,  


  • DOE Seeks Biomass R&D Advisory Committee Nominees (Ind. Report)
    DOE EERE
    Date: 2017-06-07
    The US is seeking nominees to to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development (R&D) Technical Advisory Committee. The committee meets quarterly to advise DOE and USDA Biomass R&D Initiative on priority technical biomass R&D needs and to make written recommendations to the Biomass R&D Board.

    The next Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee meeting, which is open to the public, will take place June 15-16, 2017, in Washington, D.C. and will focus on developing advice and guidance that promotes R&D leading to the production of bio-based fuels and products.

    Stakeholders interested in attending the meeting and/or presenting oral comments should contact Dr. Mark Elless Mark.Elless@EE.Doe.Gov and Roy Tiley rtiley@bcs-hq.com. Additional information is available HERE. (Source: DOE EERE, 5 June, 2017) Contact: DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  DOE EERE,  


    Fiscal Year 17 Biomass Research and Development Initiative Seeking Applications (R&D, Ind. Report)
    USDA, US DOE
    Date: 2017-01-20
    In the nation's capitol, the US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), in coordination with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), is announcing its intent to issue a Request for Applications (RFA) through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative.

    Projects funded through this RFA, titled Fiscal Year 17 Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI), will help develop economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass, increase the availability of renewable fuels and bio-based products, and diversify our energy portfolio.

    The BRDI program requires that funded projects address at least one of the following three legislatively mandated technical areas:

  • Feedstocks development to address research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities regarding feedstocks and feedstock logistics (including harvest, handling, transport, pre-processing, and storage) relevant to production of raw materials for conversion to biofuels and bio-based products.

  • Biofuels and bio-based products development to address RD&D activities to support (1) development of diverse cost-effective, innovative technologies for the use of cellulosic biomass in the production of biofuels, bioenergy, and bio-based products and (2) product diversification through technologies relevant to the production of a range of bio-based products (including chemicals, animal feeds, and co-generation power) that potentially can increase the feasibility of fuel production in a biorefinery.

  • Biofuels development analysis to apply systems evaluation methods that can be used to optimize system performance and market potential and to quantify the project's impact on sustainability; accordingly, successful applications will consider the life-cycle (cradle-to-grave) impacts including environmental, social, and economic implications attributable to the project.

    The RFA is slated for issuance in February 2017. (Source: US DOE, USDA, Jan., 16, 2017)Contact: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, https://nifa.usda.gov; BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA US DOE EERE,  BETO,  


  • BETO Releases Analysis of Biofuels, Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams Report -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    US DOE BETO
    Date: 2017-01-16
    The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is reporting the release of its new report Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities.

    The report is the first comprehensive assessment of the resource potential and technology opportunities provided by feedstocks, including wastewater treatment-derived sludge and biosolids, animal manure, food waste, inedible fats and greases, biogas, and carbon dioxide streams. These feedstocks can be converted into renewable natural gas, diesel, and aviation fuels, or into valuable bioproducts.

    Complementary to the 2016 Billion-Ton Report, this new resource assessment, conducted by NREL and PNNL, concludes that wet and gaseous organic waste streams represent a substantial and underutilized set of feedstocks for biofuels and biopower. The analysis found that the United States has the potential to use 77 million dry tons of wet waste per year, which would generate about 1,300 trillion Btu of energy. Also, gaseous feedstocks, which cannot be "dried" and therefore cannot be reported in dry tons, and other feedstocks assessed in the report could produce an additional 1,300 trillion Btu of energy -- bringing the total to nearly 2.6 quadrillion Btu annually. For perspective, in 2015, the U.S. total primary energy consumption was about 97.7 quadrillion Btu.

    Access Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities HERE. Download the 2016 Billion-Ton Report HERE. (Source: US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, Jan., 2017)Contact: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BETO,  Biorefinery,  Biofuel,  DOE EERE,  


    BETO Awards $7Mn for Alt. Fuel, Engine Co-Optimization (Funding)
    DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office and Vehicle Technologies Office
    Date: 2017-01-02
    The US DOE is reporting up to $7 million in funding for eight universities to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance, low-carbon -- including biofuels -- fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines. Under the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative, DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office and Vehicle Technologies Office are collaborating to maximize transportation-related energy and fuel savings and on-road vehicle performance while dramatically cutting harmful emissions.

    The following universities are being funded: Cornell University in Ithaca NY, New York University, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Dearborn , University of Alabama, Louisiana State University , Mass. Institute of Technology, Yale University, University of Central Florida (Orlando, Florida. (Source: US DOE, PR, EIN, 30 Dec., 2016) Contact: DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, Vehicle Technologies Office https://energy.gov/eere/vehicles/vehicle-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BETO,  Biorefinery,  Biofuel,  DOE EERE,  


    DOE Funds Pilot- and Demo-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower Projects (Funding)
    DOE EERE
    Date: 2017-01-02
    The US DOE EERE reports the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding under its Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower program.

    The funded projects are required to share the cost at a minimum of 50 pct and to develop and execute plans for the manufacturing of advanced or cellulosic biofuels, bioproducts, refinery-compatible intermediates, and/or biopower in a domestic pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery. Projects could receive additional federal funds of up to $15 million for pilot-scale facilities or $45 million for demonstration-scale facilities.

    The following projects will utilize thermochemical, biochemical, algal, and hybrid conversion technologies to generate the data required to enable future commercial-scale facilities:

  • Atlanta-based AVAPCO, LLC will receive $3.7 million to develop a demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery that combines AVAPCO's biomass-to-ethanol process with project partner Byogy’s alcohol-to-jet process to create an integrated process that produces jet fuel from woody biomass.

  • LanzaTech, Inc. based in Skokie, Illinois will receive $4 million to design, construct, and operate an integrated demonstration-scale biorefinery that will use industrial waste gases to produce 3 million gpy of low-carbon jet and diesel fuels.

  • Global Algae Innovations of San Diego will receive $1.2 million to design a pilot-scale algae biofuel facility with improved productivity of open pond cultivation and more energy-efficient algae harvest.

  • Baltimore-based ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. is receiving $800 to work in collaboration with project partners to design a pilot-scale integrated biorefinery to produce transportation fuels from woody waste and agricultural feedstocks. The project proposes many improvements throughout the system, which in combination would allow for smaller, more cost-effective integrated biorefineries with increased liquid fuel yield.

  • In Carlsbad, California, Rialto Bioenergy, will receive $2 million to design the Rialto Advanced Pyrolysis Integrated Biorefinery facility that will have the capacity to convert 300 tpd of biomass such as food extracted from municipal solid waste and wastewater treatment plant biosolids into up to 6.4 megawatts of carbon-negative, renewable biopower.

  • The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia will receive $1.2 million to design a pilot-scale integrated biorefinery thatl converts residual sludge and solids into biocrude oil, biogas, and fertilizer. (Source: DOE EERE, PR Jan., 2017)Contact: US DOE EERE, http://energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algal,  Algae,  DOE EERE,  Biofuel,  Bioenergy,  Bioproducts,  Cellulosic,  


  • BETO Announces Integrated Biorefinery Optimization Funding Notice of Intent (Funding, R&D)

    Date: 2016-12-07
    The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) reports it intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, a funding opportunity announcement entitled, Integrated Biorefinery Optimization.

    The funding will support R&D to increase the performance efficiencies of biorefineries resulting in continuous operation and production of biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower at prices competitive with fossil-derived equivalents. This could be accomplished by improvements in ensuring reliable, continuous, robust handling and feeding of solid materials into reactors under various operating conditions; decreased capital and operating expenses by improved separation processes; production of higher-value products from waste or other undervalued streams; and analytical modeling of handling and feeding of solid materials into reactors.

    Applications that address these challenging operations and convert woody biomass, agricultural residues, dedicated energy crops, algae, municipal solid waste, sludge from wastewater treatment plants, and wet wastes into biofuels, biochemicals, and bioproducts will be considered under this funding opportunity.

    Download details HERE. (Source: US DOE EERE, Dec., 2016)Contact: BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BETO,  Biorefinery,  Biofuel,  DOE EERE,  


    Laboratories Energy Efficiency Initiative Launched (Ind. Report)
    DOE Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2016-09-30
    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is reporting the launch of the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator to advance energy efficiency in laboratory buildings owned and operated by universities, corporations, national laboratories, hospitals, and federal agencies. Through this initiative, partners will pursue ambitious energy-saving targets and strategies that will address key barriers to improving energy efficiency.

    A typical laboratory is nearly four times more energy intensive than an average commercial building and can account for up to 70 pct of a given campus' energy footprint. It's estimated that if all laboratory buildings improved their energy efficiency by 20 pct , annual energy and cost savings could reach about 40 trillion BTUs, or $1 billion.

    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, University of California, Irvine, and the University of Colorado are joining the Smart Labs Accelerator, committing to improve the efficiency of their laboratories by 20 pct in 10 years, with 5 pct savings coming within 3 years through no- and low-cost measures. (Source: US DOE Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, 27 Sept., 2016) Contact: U.S. DOE EERE, http://energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy

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