At March 16, 2022, the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy will hold a hearing on “Bioenergy Research and Development for Tomorrow’s Fuels and Chemicals.” According to the hearing charter, the purpose of the hearing is to review the status of bioenergy research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities conducted by the US Department of Energy (DOE). The hearing will also examine advances in bioenergy research and the potential role of this resource in a cleaner energy transition. Finally, the hearing will help inform future legislation to support and guide the United States’ bioenergy RD&D enterprise. Cookies will include:
Dr. Jonathan Male, Chief Scientist for Energetic Processes and Materials, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL);
Dr. Andrew Leakey, director of the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
Dr. Laurel Harmon, Vice President of Government Affairs, LanzaTech; and
Dr. Eric Hegg, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University.
The audience charter notes that in addition to fuels, biomass can be used to create valuable chemicals and materials, called “bioproducts.” According to the audience chart, about 16% of US crude oil consumption is used to make petrochemicals and products, such as plastics for industrial and consumer goods, fertilizers and lubricants. Common bio-based products include household cleaners, paints and stains, personal care items, plastic bottles and containers, packaging materials, soaps and detergents, lubricants, clothing and building materials . The audience charter states that the production of bioproducts relies on much of the same raw materials, infrastructure, commodity commoditization and technologies that are at the heart of biofuel production. Therefore, according to the DOE, once technologies are proven for bioproducts applications, they could be easily transferred and significantly improve biofuel production.
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