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August 20th: Jonathan Male, Director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office DOE presented an Overview of Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office". pdf

August 14: Daniela S. Gonzales Ph.D. graduate student in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Texas A&M will present "GIS-Based Allocation of Lignocellulosic Biorefineries" - A Case Study in Texas. pdf

June 19th: Dr. Manoel Regis is the Institutional Relations Coordinator of CTBE-Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory, presented "Biomass Resources and Conversion Efficiencies in the Cultivation and Processing of Sugarcane for Ethanol and Electricity." pdf

April 17th : Yetta Jager presented "In Search of Spatial Opportunities for Sustainable Bioenergy Production." pdf

April 10th: Sean McGinnis, Director - VT Green Engineering presented "Green Engineering and Life Cycle Assessment at Virginia Tech." pdf

March 10 - Arnaldo Walter, Assistant Professor at University of Campinas (UNICAMP) Brazil presented "The Research on Bioenergy Sustainability at University of Campinas, Brazil". pdf

Feb 17 - Dr. Andre Faaij and Dr. Floor van der Hilst from Utrecht University, Netherlands presented "Issues in bioenergy, a European perspective" pdf and "Integrated assessment of the sustainability of biomass supply chains" pdf

Jan 16th -Derek Splitter - "Methods of reducing transportation energy and petroleum consumption and environmental impacts: A discussion of internal combustion engine fundamentals, efficiency source, and fuel-related pwoertrain opportunities" pdf

Dec 19 - Tim Theiss "An Update on Alternative Fuels & the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2)." pdf

Oct 17th - Matthew Rudolf "Sustainability Implemented-The Birth of a Voluntary Sustainability Certification Program". pdf

August 15th - Helio Joris "Introduction and Main Objectives in Short Term Research of Helio Joris at ORNL" pdf

May 17th - Dev Shrestha from the University of Idaho "Renewable Fuel Standard and Future of Biofuels.pdf

May 8th - Daniel Inman NREL "Bio Land Use Change and Overview"

April 18th - Latha Baskaran, Research Staff ORNL: "Studying the potential of aquatic macroinvertebrates as indicators of bioenergy-related land-use changes" pdf

February 20th: Rachel Burton - Research Director for Piedmont Biofuels presented "Enzyme Catalysis for Biomass Based Diesel Fuels" pdf

February 14th: Professor Carlos Cerri - Professor at Center of Nuclear Energy Applied to Agriculture-Universidade of São Paulo. Piracicaba, Brazil presented "Measuring environmental sustainability indicators in land use change for sugarcane ethanol production in Brazil"

Dec 20th: Rebecca Efroymson (ORNL) - "Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels" pdf

Nov 8th, 2012: Lynn Wright, WrightLink Consulting- "Energy Crop Resource and Technology Development: A Historical Perspective 1978-2012". pdf

Oct 18th, 2012: Robert Fletcher - University of Florida : "Bioenergy expansion: a wildlife perspective" pdf

Sept 25th, 2012: Marko Debeljak of The Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia presented "Inductive Machine Learning in Ecological Modeling". pdf

August 16th, 2012: Mike Jostrom - Director Renewable Resources, Plum Creek - "Vested in Carbon: Perspectives of a Large US Forest Owner" pdf

July 26th, 2012: Danny Inman - NREL "Biofuel Sustainability Analysis"

July 16, 2012: Siwa Msangi - Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C. "Biofuels, Agriculture and Food Security: Key Connections and Challenges" pdf

June 21, 2012: Natalie Griffiths (ORNL) and Matt Langholtz (ORNL) "Examining the effects of short-rotation pine for bioenergy on water quality and quantity using a watershed-scale experiment" pdf

June 7th, 2012: Ariel Uribe Rodriguez and Edgar Castillo from the Colombian Petroleum Institute will present " Energy Diversification Program at ECOPETROL" Topics that will be discussed: Advanced Biofuels, Heat and Power generation from Biomass and Renewables (Proposal) and Energy Efficiency in upstream operations".

May 21st, 2012: Marcelo Moreira from the Institute for International Trade Negotiations, Brazil will present "Coupling GIS and economic data into land use models: The Brazilian Land Use Model experience"

May 17, 2012: Charles Kwit, "Gene flow matters in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.), a potential widespread biofuel feedstock"

May 10, 2012: Bobby Grisso "Outreach Delivery as Part of Bioenergy Education".

April 19, 2012: John Schwartz (UT) and Zachariah Seiden (UT), "Study Design for Water Quality Monitoring from Switchgrass Fields near Vonore, Tennessee: Support for SWAT and BLOSM Models"

March 15, 2012: James Szybist (NTRC) "Impacts of emerging engine and fuel technologies on the efficiencey of future engines"

Feb 16, 2012: Brian Davison on behalf of Paul Gilna, "How BESC relates to Sustainability"

Jan 19, 2012: Scott Curran, Performance of Advanced Combustion Modes with Alternative Fuels: Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition Case Study"

December 15, 2011: Tim Rials, "Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems" and Video

Nov 17, 2011: Elliott Barnett, Mark Downing, Matt Langholtz and Erin Webb: Four 5-10 minute panel presentations on "Sustainability Considerations for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Biomass Steam Plant Feedstock Supply"

Oct 20, 2011: Jacob LaRiviere, "The Effect of Ethanol on Fuel Price Behavior and the Viability of Cellulosic Biofuels"

Sep 15, 2011: Randall Jackson, "Ecosystem service tradeoffs in grassland plant communities grown for bioenery feedstock"

Sept 1, 2011: Tanya Kuritz ORNL - Reality of Algal Fuels

August 18, 2011: Neal Gutterson - Mendel's seeded miscanthus system: a sustainable and scalable bioenergy feedstock solution

August 4, 2011: Audrey Mayer - Using agent-based models to understand the impact of NIPF owner preferences and bioenergy policies on forested landscapes

July 28, 2011: Esther Parish - One size won't fit all: The role of scale in comparing the environmental impacts of ethanol and gasoline production (slides not complete)

June 16, 2011: Jody Endres - A legal typology of sustainable biomass definitions in U.S. law, and other theoretical perspectives

May 19, 2011: Ken Goddard - Growing and Harvesting Switchgrass for Ethanol Production in Tennessee

May 12, 2011: Luis Barbosa Cortez - Brazil Research and Development of Renewable Energy, Sao Paulo Research Foundation and a preliminary analysis of sugarcane in Latin America and Africa

April 21, 2011: Elena Berger - Dynamics of Innovation of Biofuel Ethanol: Three decades of experience in the U.S. and in Brazil

March 17, 2011: Thomas J. Wilbanks - Perspectives from 'Sustainability Science' on Energy Sustainabilty

February 17, 2011: Chris Johnas and Robin Jenkins - DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol (DDCE) LLC Evaluates Business Opportunities with Sustainability Assessments

January 27, 2011: Allen McBride and Virginia Dale - Indicators to Support Environmental Sustainability of Bioenergy Systems

November 18, 2010: Mac Post - An Integrative Modeling Framework to Evaluate the Productivity and Sustainability of Biofuel Crop Production Systems

October 2010: Sam Jackson and Virginia Dale - Bioenergy Sustainability Standards, Certification and Regulations

September 2010: Eric Marland - Managing the Costs of Carbon Release

August 2010: Chad Hellwinckel - Lessons from modeling the joint effects of climate and bioenergy policies

July 2010: Pat Mulholland and Colleen Iversen - National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) site on the Oak Ridge Reservation: A new collaborative project with NSF for long-term ecosystem measurements and monitoring

June 2010: Charles Garten - Modeling soil quality issues related to sustainable switchgrass and poplar production

May 2010: John Crittenden - Gigaton Problems Require GigatonSolutions

April 2010: Keith Kline and Martin Keller - The Global Bioenergy Sustainability Project. Is the next revolution at hand?

March 2010: Brian West - Review of Technical Issues Surrounding EISA's Biofuels Goals, the RFS2

February 2010: Marilyn Brown - Shrinking the Carbon Footprint of Metropolitan America

January 2010: Gregg Marland - Bioenergy and Changes in Carbon Stocks

December 2009: Series - Sustainable Bioenergy from Production to Use in a series of Three Slides and Five Minutes

November 2009: Rekha Pillai, Sirisha Nukala, Stuart Daw and Charles Finney - A Value Chain Analysis for BioEnergy

October 2009: Kathy Halvorsen -Social Dimensions of Sustainable Bioenergy Development

September 2009: Kelly Tiller - Implementing the Cellulosic Biomass Industry in Tennessee

August 2009: Debo Oladosu and Keith Kline - Myths, Facts and Uncertainties for Bioenergy

July 2009: John Drake - BioEnergy – Climate Coupling

June 2009: Mark Downing, Tim Rials, and Pat Mulholland - Landscape Design for Bioenergy Sustainability

May 2009: Raju Vastsav and Keith Kline - Land-Use Change and Bioenergy Workshop

April 2009: Rekha Pillai and Mike Hillard - April 2009: Integrated Framework for Understanding BioEnergy Sustainability

March 2009: Kenneth Tobin - Measurement Science and Systems Engineering



Oct 6-7th, 2014: Tim Theiss will be hosting Alison Goss Eng, Program Manager, Feedstock Platform, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) visit to ORNL.

Oct 22nd National Bioenergy Day -

  • In conjunction with the University of Tennessee, an “information fair” will be held in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL’s) cafeteria during the lunch hour (10 am – 2 pm) to highlight ongoing collaboration with the USDA-funded Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS) (  ) and the University of Tennessee’s Center for Renewable Carbon. This event will include displays and a staffed table to hand out literature and answer questions. 
  • ORNL’s Center for BioEnergy Sustainability (CBES) will host a seminar in Building 1505 from 3:30-4:30 pm entitled “Assessing Bioenergy Sustainability: Application of a Suite of Environmental and Socioeconomic Indicators to a Cellulosic Biofuel Production System in East Tennessee.”  The talk will be given by Esther Parish of the ORNL Environmental Sciences Division and will summarize recent research conducted to meet a September 2014 U.S. DOE BioEnergy Technologies Office (BETO) major milestone.


CBES Forums

October 22nd, 2014 as part of National Bioenergy Day, Esther Parish will be presenting "Assessing Bioenergy Sustainability: Application of a Suite of Environmental and Socioeconomic Indicators to a Cellulosic Biofuel Production System in East Tennessee. Building 1505, Conference Room 189.


Small Giant of Bioenergy

Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (KDF), sponsored by DOE and developed by a team at ORNL led by CBES member Budhendra Bhaduri, now has its own interactive website.

IBSS - Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems

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