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FEBRUARY 26, 2015        

DRIVING THE FUTURE: ADVANCED BIOENERGY TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) JOINT BIOENERGY INSTITUTE - Dr. Blake Simmons, VP at the Joint BioEnergy Institute

Today, carbon-rich fossil fuels, primarily oil, coal and natural gas, provide 85% of the energy consumed in the United States. Fossil fuel use increases CO2 emissions, increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases and raising the risk of global warming. The high energy content of liquid hydrocarbon fuels makes them the preferred energy source for all modes of transportation. In the US alone, transportation consumes around 13.8 million barrels of oil per day and generates over 0.5 gigatons of carbon per year. This has spurred intense research into alternative, non-fossil energy sources. The DOE-funded Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) is a partnership between seven leading research institutions that is focused on the production of infrastructure compatible biofuels derived from non-food lignocellulosic biomass. Biomass is a renewable resource that is potentially carbon-neutral. Plant-derived biomass contains cellulose, which is more difficult to convert to sugars. The development of cost-effective and energy-efficient processes to transform cellulose and hemicellulose in biomass into fuels is hampered by significant roadblocks. This presentation will highlight the research efforts underway at JBEI to overcome these obstacles.

Dr. Blake Simmons joined Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore, CA) in 2001 as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Materials Chemistry Department. In 2007, he was one of the principal co-investigators of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI, www.jbei.org), a ten-year, $259M Department of Energy funded project tasked with the development and realization of next-generation biofuels. Dr. Simmons is currently serving as the Chief Science and Technology Officer and Vice-President of the Deconstruction Division at JBEI, where he leads a team of 51 researchers working on advanced methods of liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulosic biomass. He also serves as the Senior Manager of the Biomanufacturing Group and the Biomass Program Manager at Sandia. He has over 220 publications, book chapters, and patents. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, and the KQED televised science program, Quest.              

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Mar. 19 –  NO COLLOQUIUM

Future Colloquia

Note, the following are TENTATIVE ONLY.  When the time is closer, I will send out announcements

Information will be posted on the colloquium website(s).

2015

Mar. 05 - Dr. Kenneth Lum: The Evolution of the Reflector Telescope, Part 2

Mar. 12 - Dr. Amin Arbabian, Stanford University: Miniaturized Passive Radios for Wireless Tagging and IOT Applications

Mar. 19 –  NO COLLOQUIUM

Mar. 26 – Dr. Tom Passell, former ATC employee and recently retired from SRI and EPRI: Attempts to Confirm the "Deuteron Stripping in Metals" Hypothesis

Apr. 2 – Dr. Tom Shutt, SLAC: Do Wimps Rule? The LUX & LZ Experiments and The Search For Cosmic Dark Matter

Apr. 9 – TBA

Apr. 16 – TBA

Apr. 23 – Dr. Richard Reis, Stanford University:  The Fullbody Bicycle

Apr. 30 – Dr. Paul Doersch: Kespry, Commercial Drones

May 7 – Dr. Gordon Myers, President Astronomical Society of the Pacific: Amateur Astronomers Collaborating with and Helping Professional Astronomers

May 14 – Mr. Greg Edwards: Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology is Indistinguishable From Magic

May 21 – Dr. Michael Mc Kubre, SRI:  LENR

May 28 – Dr. Steven Adachi, Lockheed Martin: Quantum Computing at Lockheed Martin

June 4 – TBA

June 11 – SUMMER BREAK, START SERIES AGAIN IN MID to LATE SEPTEMBER 2015


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