27 Feb '15, 2pm

Scientific Research Crucial to Success of New Biofuels Plants

Scientific Research Crucial to Success of New Biofuels Plants

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) played crucial roles in the technology that has led companies DuPont, POET, and Abengoa to open commercial-scale facilities to turn biomass into clean transportation fuels. NREL Biochemical Conversion Manager Rick Elander toured NREL's Biorefinery Research Facility last year with Reuben Sarkar, a deputy assistant secretary for the Energy Department, who oversees sustainable transportation. Here, they are examining a bin filled with cellulosic ethanol, the raw material of a biofuel that would be cleaner than gasoline. Credit: Dennis Schroeder. Combined, the three facilities are a huge step toward meeting the Department's goals of producing clean energy from the non-food parts of plants, creating good American jobs, mitigating greenhouse gases, and boosting America's energy security. POET's Project Liberty o...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015...

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