Opportunities and Obstacles in Large-Scale Biomass Utilization—The Role of the Chemical Sciences

 

Organized by:
Paul Bryan, Independent Consultant; Jennifer Sinclair Curtis, University of Florida; Luis Martinez, Rollins College on behalf of the Chemical Sciences Roundtable

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The Chemical Sciences Roundtable held a one-day public workshop on May 31, 2012 in Washington, DC that explored the current state of sustainable fuels and chemicals, and the issues surrounding their scalability for large-scale use. The workshop also discussed the chemistry and chemical engineering opportunities to sustainably produce large-scale quantities of biofuel. Both formal presentations and working groups were components of the workshop in an effort to stimulate engaging discussion among participants from widely varying fields.

Key questions addressed include:

• What is the current state of technology in large-scale production of sustainable fuels and chemicals?

• What are the benefits and weaknesses of current technologies?

• What are the technological and commercial barriers to scaling-up sustainable technologies?

• How can we best combine chemical technologies of different scales to maximize impact?

• How can we identify ways in which technologies of different practical scales can complement each other?

For more information, please contact Rachel Yancey at ryancey@nas.edu.

 

Agenda (click to download as a PDF)

     8:30 a.m. Welcome & Introduction to Workshop
     Paul Bryan, Planning Committee Member

   PRESENTATION (PDF) | PRESENTATION RECORDING | PRESENTATION RECORDING CONTINUED

Feedstocks & Conversion Technologies
Chair, Rich Greene, US Department of Energy
8:40 a.m.Bryce Stokes, CNJV/Department of Energy
General Feedstocks & Raw Materials Talk

 PRESENTATION (PDF) | PRESENTATION RECORDING

9:40 a.m.

Brian Duff, DOE EERE
General Conversion Technologies Talk

PRESENTATION (PDF) | PRESENTATION RECORDING

10:40 a.m.
Break

Value Chains
Chair, Jennifer Sinclair Curtis, University of Florida

11:00 a.m.Chris Somerville, University of California, Berkeley & Energy Biosciences Institute
Fuels and Chemicals [from Biomass] via Biological Routes

 PRESENTATION (PDF) | PRESETNATION RECORDING

11:30 a.m.Robert Brown, Iowa State University
Fuels and Chemicals [from Biomass] via Thermochemical Routes

 PRESENTATION (PDF) | PRESENTATION RECORDING

12:00 p.m.Jeffrey J. Steiner, USDA Agricultural Research Service 
Heat and Power Production [from Biomass]

 PRESENATATION (PDF) | PRESENTATION RECORDING

12: 30 p.m.Lunch
Breakout discussions
1:30 p.m.Three Parallel Discussions based on Value Chains:
 

Group 1: Fuels and Chemicals [from Biomass] via Biological Routes
Breakout Session Leader: Leonard Katz, Lygos & University of California, Berkeley

PRESENTATION (PDF)

 

Group 2: Fuels and Chemicals [from Biomass] via Thermochemical Routes
Breakout Session Leader: Douglas C. Elliott, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PRESENTATION (PDF)

 

Group 3: Heat and Power Production [from Biomass]
Breakout Session Leader: Jeffrey J. Steiner, USDA Agricultural Research Service

PRESENTATION (PDF)

3:40 p.m.Break

Plenary Report Back & Wrap-up
Chair, Paul Bryan, Independent Consultant

4:00 p.m.Reports from Breakout sessions
4:30 p.m.Wrap-up Panel Discussion

William Hitz, Dupont
Emily Carter, Princeton University
Rina Singh, Biotechnology Industry Organization

5:30 p.m.Adjourn

  

  


 

 

 

For more information, please contact Rachel Yancey (ryancey@nas.edu).