DOE's Biomass Program to hold biennial Peer Review webinars

By Lisa Gibson | March 28, 2011

In the coming weeks, the U.S. DOE’s Biomass Program will host a series of meetings in Annapolis, Md., associated with its biennial Peer Review of Analysis, Sustainability, Feedstocks and Algae Platforms. The meetings are open to the public and will provide industry stakeholders the opportunity to learn more about federally funded research, development and deployment activities focused on bioenergy technologies. In addition, they will be accessible live through GoToWebinar.

Beginning April 4, the first meeting will be the Analysis Peer Review, followed by the related Sustainability Peer Review April 5-6. The agendas include topics dealing with the wide variety of biomass feedstocks, conversion technologies and integration strategies for feasible biofuels scenarios, according to the DOE’s Biomass Program. Next, the Feedstocks Peer Review will be held April 6-8 and will address the requirements of a sustainable, functional, high-quality supply of biomass feedstock. The last webinar meeting, the Algae Peer Review, will be held April 7-8, focusing of course on breaking down the various technical barriers to promote sustainable, affordable and scalable algae-based biofuels. The series also included February meetings in Denver, Colo., for thermochemical and biochemical platforms.

During the coming meetings, principal investigators will discuss their projects’ statuses, budgets, goals, accomplishments, challenges and relevance to the Biomass Program, and answer questions from expert panelists. The Peer Review is required of the Biomass Program, as well as other Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs, to obtain independent assessments of its current research and development project portfolio. The information gleaned in the meetings will be used as the program considers future funding and portfolio balance decisions, according to the DOE. The results of the Peer Review evaluations will be the basis for the overall Biomass Program Peer Review meeting June 27-28, 2011 in Washington D.C.

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