DOE Webinar August 30: Transforming Biomass into Feedstock

August 25, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy will host a webcast titled "Transforming Biomass into Feedstock” on Tuesday, August 30, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. EDT. In order to be used to produce renewable energy, raw biomass products such as switchgrass and forest residues must first be processed into a consistent and reliable feedstock material. During the webinar, speakers from DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory and other experts will discuss technologies to produce and transform biomass into high-quality, on-spec, densified feedstocks and address the impacts of these technologies on supply chain logistics and feedstock performance for biofuels and biopower applications.

The webcast will be hosted by the Department of Energy’s Biomass Program, Office of Science, and Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Presentation topics will cover both fundamental science related to cell wall formation and function, as well as applied research and development areas, such as engineering plants to produce enzymes that degrade cell walls when activated, and increasing field density and productivity while reducing fertilizer inputs.

In addition, presentations on upgrading biomass supply chain logistics for improved feedstock performance will highlight three key topic areas:

  • Preconversion – treatments to address challenges such as reducing size, reducing moisture content, and removing contaminants.
  • Formulation – blending resource varieties and additives that improve conversion reactions.
  • Densification – using temperature and pressure to produce high-density, stable, and consistent feedstock products.

Register for the August 30 webinar.

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. Learn more about DOE's support of research and development of biofuels, bioenergy, and bioproducts.