14 July 2016 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the Clean Energy Research and Education Foundation, is currently hosting its 9th annual Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation Conference in Washington, DC, from July 12-14, 2016. The conference focuses on current and future feedstock production opportunities and breakthrough technology innovations with the potential to advance the nation’s bioeconomy, and hosts participants and attendees from Congress, national labs, academia, and the bioenergy and financial industries.
On Wednesday, July 12, DOE hosted a breakout session on “Launching Renewable Aviation Fuels” featuring CAAFI’s Executive Director, Steve Csonka, and CAAFI’s Strategy and Implementation Advisor, Nate Brown (FAA), as well as long-time CAAFI participants Chris Tindal (Navy) and Brent Sherbacow (AltAir Fuels), and moderated by DOE’s Borka Kostova.
In addition to other exciting announcements and discussions at the conference, the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office announced the release of the 2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy. This is the 3rd report in a series of reports developed by DOE and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to inform the public of the current estimated biomass supply in the United States. Specifically, the report estimates that the United States has the potential to annually and sustainably produce at least 1 billion dry tons of biomass resources from non-food sources by 2040. New additions to the report include information on the potential algae, other energy crop, and municipal solid waste supplies for biomass production.
For more information on the Bioenergy 2016 conference and its sessions, see the conference website here. Find the full 2016 Billion-Ton report here.