Replacing the Barrel: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Conversion Technologies


Developing efficient and economical biological and chemical technologies to convert biomass feedstocks into energy-dense liquid transportation fuels, such as renewable gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, as well as bioproducts, chemical intermediates, and biopower is the primary goal of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Conversion R&D team.

As part of the 2019 BETO Peer Review, Program Manager of Conversion R&D Kevin Craig shared what BETO’s conversion team’s goals, their portfolio structure and budget, and how they are trying to enable cost-competitive (<$3/GGE) lignocellulosic biofuels in the near term (~5-10 years), the Chemistry Catalysis for Bioenergy, ChemCatBio, approach DFA and DFO success stories with Vertimass and others, cell-free synthetic biology and biocatalysis and more.

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