Biobased and Renewable Products Update
January 24, 2019
DOE BETO Publishes The 2019 Project Peer Review Agenda
On January 16, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) released the agenda for the 2019 Project Peer Review that will take place in Denver, Colorado, from March 4-8, 2019. An annual event hosted by BETO, this is an opportunity for BETO to present early-stage development projects across its technology areas and have the projects reviewed by experts from industry, academia, and other federal agencies. The technology areas include Advanced Algal Systems, Conversion Technologies, Feedstock Supply and Logistics, Advanced Development and Optimization, and Analysis and Sustainability. The event is open to the public, and includes presentations from over 300 researchers.
DOE Extends Deadline For Manufacturing Innovator Challenge Submissions
On January 17, 2019, DOE BETO announced that the deadline for submission to its Manufacturing Innovator Challenge has been extended to February 10, 2019. As DOE seeks new concepts in biobased materials to address today’s manufacturing challenges, the Manufacturing Innovator Challenge is an effort to incentivize solutions that increase energy productivity and strengthen the U.S. industrial base. Prizes are open for ideas focused on Biobased Additive Manufacturing (BAM) and will be distributed to three winners. BAM involves the production of rapid prototyping of complex structures through biobased three-dimensional printing. To qualify for the BAM prize, candidates are required to identify new materials that are made from at least 90 percent plant matter or algae, and that can meet or improve the performance of current three-dimensional printing materials.
Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards: Applications Open
On January 21, 2019, Bio-Based World News announced the opportunity to apply for the platform’s 2019 Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards. Awards will be distributed to leading innovators from across the biobased industry during a ceremony at the World Bio Markets flagship event in Amsterdam in April 2019. Five rewards, listed below, will be separately awarded in recognition of the commitment to sustainability:
|■||Bio-based Product of the Year;|
|■||Bio-based Chemical Innovation of the Year;|
|■||Best Use of Alternative Feedstocks;|
|■||Sustainability Commitment; and|
|■||Bio-based Industry Story of the Year 2019.|
Eligible applicants must submit their entries for the first four awards by February 15, 2019. The stories published that are candidates for the award for Bio-based Industry Story of the Year 2019 are listed online where votes from the general public are being accepted.
|■||European Biotechnology Life Science and Industry Magazine, “VTT Turn Waste into Biofuels and Chemicals”|
|■||EPPM, “Lund University Develops Promising Bioplastic Derived from ‘Poo Molecule’”|
|■||Biofuels Digest, “Covestro Launches Biobased Polyurethane Film Formers for Cosmetic Industry”|
|■||The Progressive Farmer, “Wheeler: E15 Rule Might Be Delayed”|
|■||Euractiv, “Time is Running Out for Biofuels Sustainability Criteria”|
|■||Renewable Energy Magazine, “UAE’s Etihad Airways Flies World’s First Flight Using Biofuel Made from Plants Grown in Saltwater”|
|■||Compelo, “Indonesian NGOs Warn EU of Environmental and Humanitarian Risks of Palm Oil-based Biofuels”|
|■||Snews, “Picture Organic Clothing Introduces Bio-based Membrane in Harvest Jacket and Bib”|
|■||Mercom India, “At This Year’s Republic Day Event, Indian Air Force to Fly its Aircraft Using Biofuel”|
|■||North American WindPower, “D.C. Mayor Signs Historic 100% Renewable Energy Bill”|
|■||Newcastle Newsroom, “Reaping the Benefits of Agricultural Waste”|
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