U.S. DOE BETO Advanced Development & Optimization Workshop at National Renewable Energy Laboratory

 The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting the Advanced Development and Optimization (ADO) Workshop on Dec. 12–13, 2017, in Golden, Colorado. BETO’s focus has recently shifted toward earlier development-cycle opportunities and the BETO Demonstration & Market Transformation sub-program has changed its name to Advanced Development & Optimization to focus on the mid-range Technology Readiness Levels 4 through 6. In this workshop BETO is seeking stakeholder input to identify high-priority opportunities in research and development (R&D) to optimize ADO’s impact on the evolving bioeconomy.

The two workshop breakout tracks will explore the barriers facing biochemical, thermochemical, and hybrid conversion technology pathway development as it moves from early-stage R&D (Technology Readiness Levels [TRLs] 1–3) through mid-stage R&D (TRLs 4–6). Mid-stage R&D work also helps to identify research areas that need to be recycled back to earlier TRLs for further development. BETO seeks stakeholder input to create an actionable list of priority research that will facilitate technology development.

In addition to identifying technology-specific issues facing biochemical, thermochemical, and hybrid conversion technology pathways, these sessions will focus on the challenges and barriers that have thus far served as impediments to moving these products to market and will seek insight into well-proven techniques for aiding and accelerating project scale-up. The sessions will also address innovative opportunities for improving the design and operation of integrated biorefineries, such as implementing modularization and processes intensification concepts and improved separation process methodologies.

Participant input is vital to help shape the ADO program's future scope of activities, with the goal of catalyzing the development of the bioeconomy.

Breakout Session 1: Biochemical Conversion

This session will focus on biochemical conversion pathways for producing biofuels and biochemicals. Participants will identify mid-range research needs (TRLs 4–6) necessary to develop robust and reliable processes, explore efforts for successfully achieving project scale-up, outline factors paramount to reducing operational risks, and discuss key technical milestones that projects must accomplish along the way. Topics will include feedstock handling, pretreatment, fermentation and biocatalyst development, upgrading and synthesis, market acceptance, and other critical subjects to be identified by workshop participants.

Breakout Session 2: Thermochemical Conversion

High-temperature conversion of biomass offers many advantages over competing technologies to produce infrastructure-compatible renewable fuels and products, but it must also address unique challenges specific to operating at these often-extreme conditions. This session will focus on identifying mid-range research needs (TRLs 4–6) necessary to develop technologies resulting in robust and reliable processes, exploring efforts for successfully achieving project scale-up, outlining factors paramount to reducing operational risks, and discussing key technical milestones that projects must accomplish along the way. Topics will include applied catalyst research, continuous solids management, hydrotreating/deoxygenation, upgrading and synthesis, market acceptance, and other critical subjects to be identified by workshop participants.

Please note that hybrid conversion pathways may be discussed in either breakout session.

December 12–13, 2017

National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
San Juan Room
15013 Denver West Blvd
Golden, CO 80401

For more information on attending, please visit: http://doe.bcsevents.us/advanceddevelopmentandoptimization

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