The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) at the Department of Energy hosted the Advanced Feedstock Supply System Validation Workshop on February 3 and 4, 2015 in Golden, Colorado. Participants represented a range of stakeholders including industry (biorefininf, agriculture, forestry) and academia. The participants discussed how to approach and address feedstock supply system challenges associated with an expanding bioenergy industry in the United States, supporting the achievement of the DOE/BETO goal of a billion tons of biomass by the year 2030.
Topics/themes that emerged repeatedly from the workshop participants:
There are fundamental barriers to the expansion of the bioenergy industry in the United States.
Conventional biomass supply systems have a limited ability to support expansion of the biofuel industry in the United States.
Advanced Feedstock Supply Systems and depots could play a role in addressing many of the barriers that currently hinder industry growth.
A transition strategy from conventional to Advanced Feedstock Supply Systems is needed.
Information gathered during the workshop is available to the public in the following summary report:
Workshop input and participant ranking of themes and topics were captured and managed in ThinkTank, a collaboration technology that champions autonomy and the power of collective contribution.