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EERE-Funded Research Garners Ten Prestigious R&D; 100 Awards

October 15, 2004

Biomass Program Seeks Grant Applications for Bioproduct Base Chemicals Technology Development

September 21, 2004

Biomass Program Solicits Grant Applications for University Research

September 8, 2004

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Western & Pacific Region Biofuels Workshop & Trade Show

October 25-27, 2004

AIChE Envisioning Biorefineries Topical Conference

November 7-12, 2004

Call for Papers: 27th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals

Deadline for submission of abstracts is November 30, 2004

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27th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals | May 1-4, 2005
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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Biomass Program develops technology for conversion of biomass (plant-derived material) to valuable fuels, chemicals, materials and power, so as to reduce dependence on foreign oil and foster growth of biorefineries. Biomass is one of our most important energy resources. The largest U.S. renewable energy source every year since 2000, it also provides the only renewable alternative for liquid transportation fuel. Biomass use strengthens rural economies, decreases America's dependence on imported oil, avoids use of MTBE or other highly toxic fuel additives, reduces air and water pollution, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Today's biomass uses include ethanol, biodiesel, biomass power, and industrial process energy.

Tomorrow, biorefineries will use advanced technology such as hydrolysis of cellulosic biomass to sugars and lignin and thermochemical conversion of biomass to synthesis gas for fermentation and catalysis of these platform chemicals to produce slates of biopolymers and fuels. To expand the role of biomass in America's future, the DOE Office of the Biomass Program fosters biomass technologies with a balanced portfolio of research and development. While there are various other technologies for biomass conversion, the following graphic shows those that the Biomass Program is concentrating on, as outlined in its Multi-Year Technical Plan (PDF 62.3 MB) or summary (PDF 228 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.

Biomass: Residue Harvesting, Energy Crops Sugar Platform: Enzymatic Hydrolysis, Lignin Products Products: Fuels, Chemicals, Materials, Heat & Power Thermochemical Platform: Pyrolysis, Gasification Sugar & Lignins Intermediates Gas & Liquid Intermediates Biorefineries

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