Session ST-1 (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 cosponsored): Update on technical and policy aspects of drop-in biofuels

IEA Bioenergy Task 39 defines drop-in biofuels as “liquid bio-hydrocarbons that are functionally equivalent to petroleum fuels and are fully compatible with existing petroleum infrastructure.” Such drop-in biofuels will be essential to decarbonize the heavy-duty transport sector (aviation, marine, rail and long-distance trucking). Invited speakers in this session will discuss the various routes for producing drop-in biofuels, the policies being implemented and developed to encourage their increased production and use, and the methods being used to determine their carbon intensity.

Conveners

Jack Saddler – UBC-Canada
Jim McMillan – NREL

Session ST-2: Global Research Consortia

Research consortia provide a way to bring together interdisciplinary and diverse teams to address scientific and technical barriers and to develop new technology solutions. The U.S. Department of Energy has assembled consortia seeking to address national challenges around energy independence, advanced manufacturing, and national security by leveraging the skills and resources of a diverse group of national laboratories, universities, and industrial partners. These consortia, like the Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) and the Agile BioFoundry (ABF), can solve national scale problems that are too big to tackle in a single institution. The FCIC seeks to understand how biomass composition, structure, and behavior impact system performance within a biorefinery, while the ABF provides a platform for tackling issues around the production of new microbes capable of making bio-based fuels and chemicals.

Conveners

Kristiina Kruus – Aalto University-Finland
Alison Goss Eng – U.S. Department of Energy