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The U.S. Department of Energy recognized the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium's (NABC) initial selection of two "drop-in" biofuels technology pathways that will advance to the next development stage: Fermentation of Lignocellulosic Sugars, led by Amyris, and Catalysis of Lignocellulosic Sugars, led by Virent. The pathways moving into Stage II under the NABC program will be funded with $26 million from DOE and will leverage an additional $12 million in cost share. Two additional promising pathways—Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis and Hydrothermal Liquefaction—have three months to generate missing feasibility study data, at which point NABC will determine whether they may proceed to Stage II.
Dr. Adam Bratis, NREL's Biofuels Program Manager, presented an overview of the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium at the TAPPI BioPro Expo, held March 14-16 in Atlanta, Georgia. During Session 3, "Bioenergy – A Changing Market Place," Dr. Bratis provided background on the NABC and discussed the consortium's planned down-select process, including how and when the NABC leadership team will select process strategies for Stage II research and development. The Biofuels Digest provided their perspective on the presentation and the down-select in their online feature Bracketology.
NABC partners Virent Energy Systems and Amyris Biotechnologies are featured in a Chemical & Engineering News article about the race to commercialize infrastructure-compatible biofuels technology. As part of the NABC, these companies are expanding their processes to produce advanced biofuels from lignocellulosic feedstocks as well as sugars. Virent leads the catalytic conversion of lignocellulosic sugars process strategy and Amyris leads the fermentation of lignocellulosic sugars process strategy.
Catchlight Energy LLC and Iowa State University's (ISU's) Bioeconomy Institute have collected and prepared 17 tons of feedstock for research and for delivery to the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium (NABC) process strategy teams. Catchlight Energy harvested 9 tons of forest residual chips and ISU harvested 8 tons of corn stover. Both feedstocks were dried, milled, and shipped by ISU to the NABC partners that make up the six strategy teams. The strategy teams have begun testing the feedstocks in a variety of thermochemical, chemical, and biochemical processes to produce hydrocarbon fuels.
Biorefining Magazine reports on a presentation that NABC Chief Technology Officer John Holladay gave at a recent DOE-sponsored Webinar, "Advanced Biofuels Research Pathways." Visit the EERE Biomass Program's Webinar page to view the slides or listen to the audio recording from the November 18th Webinar.
Tom Foust, Director of the NABC, was recently named among Biofuels Digest's "Top 100 People in Bioenergy." He was awarded the #59 spot for his strong capability in presenting the biofuels message and his leadership of the NABC.
The U.S. Department of Energy will invest nearly $80 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for advanced biofuels research and fueling infrastructure development that will help support the growth of a clean, sustainable transportation sector. The National Advanced Biofuels Consortium was selected to receive up to $33.8 million of this funding to develop cost-effective processes to produce biofuels that are compatible with today's transportation infrastructure.
The stories below are news releases from the NABC partners.
Pall Corporation Awarded Contract by National Renewable Energy Laboratory for U.S. Department of Energy to Develop Key Processes for National Advanced Biofuels Consortium
March 22, 2010 | Pall Corporation
Albemarle to Participate in the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium
March 9, 2010 | Albemarle Corporation
Virent to Enhance Advanced Biofuels Competitiveness with $2.4M in Recovery Act Funds
February 3, 2010 | Virent Energy Systems
Iowa State Researchers Part of $78 Million National Effort to Develop Advanced Biofuels
January 15, 2010 | Iowa State University
Mines to Partner with NREL in New Biofuels Research; DOE Announces $33.8M in Funding
January 14, 2010 | Colorado School of Mines
LANL to Play Key Role in Biofuel Development
January 14, 2010 | Los Alamos National Laboratory
DOE Selects NREL as a New Biofuels R&D Program Leader
January 13, 2010 | National Renewable Energy Laboratory
PNNL to Receive $14M in ARRA Funds for Biofuels Research
January 13, 2010 | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
WSU Tri-Cities, Pullman Scientists Receive $1.1 Million in Grants for Biofuels Research
January 13, 2010 | Washington State University