The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Technologist in Residence (TIR) program has received the second round of funding to strengthen lab-industry relationships; support industry needs; and leverage the national lab network for strategic, long-term, collaborative research and development. Up to $2.3 million will support the DOE National Laboratories in teaming up with manufacturing companies to tackle technical challenges of interest.

Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Dr. David Danielson announced the new funding and competitive solicitation for TIR during the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) National Laboratory Impact Summit at the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.

TIR was launched in December 2015 when seven industry-lab pairs – including companies Proctor & Gamble, Hewlett Packard, and Cummins – were selected to undertake advanced research in clean energy manufacturing and establish mechanisms to help companies more easily leverage the national lab network. www.energy.gov

More information about the Energy Department’s Technologist in Residence is at http://goo.gl/Q1fotQ.

Funding for biofuels, bioproducts, biopower

The Department of Energy (DOE) will support up to $90 million for projects focused on designing, constructing, and operating integrated biorefinery facilities. Biorefineries are modeled after petroleum refineries but use domestic biomass sources instead of crude oil, or other fossil fuels to produce biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. Producing biofuels from sustainable, non-food, domestic biomass resources is an important strategy to meet the Obaba Administration’s goals to reduce carbon emissions and U.S. dependence on imported oil.

Project Development for Pilot and Demonstration Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower is a funding opportunity meant to assist in the construction of bioenergy infrastructure to integrate cutting-edge pretreatment, process, and convergence technologies.

Prior DOE investments in biomass have helped develop a number of biofuels pathways, some of which are ready to scale up toward commercialization. www.energy.gov

Standards to cut methane emissions in the oil & gas industry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing comprehensive steps to address methane emissions from new and existing sources in the oil and gas industry. For new, modified, and reconstructed sources, EPA is finalizing a set of standards that will reduce methane, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and toxic air emissions by issuing for public comment an information collection request (ICR) that requires companies to provide the information that will be necessary for EPA to reduce methane emissions from existing oil and gas sources.

The actions are part of the administration’s strategy under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40% to 45% from 2012 levels by 2025. www.epa.gov