Project Highlights

  • Energetics created four eye-catching, poster-size infographics that were displayed in the main lobby of DOE’s Washington Headquarters in recognition of National Bioenergy Week in November 2014. The display remained in the lobby through January 2015.
  • The infographics highlight the technologies, benefits, and DOE investments associated with each of four biorefineries that commenced production between July 2013 and October 2014—some of the first facilities in the United States to convert biomass residues/waste into cellulosic ethanol at commercial or near-commercial scales.

As the first U.S. integrated biorefineries (IBRs) began commercial-scale production of cellulosic ethanol, the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) sought to document its role in moving the novel conversion technologies from pilot scale to commercial success.

Energetics developed four poster-size infographics highlighting the technologies, benefits, and DOE investments associated with four biorefineries that had commenced production in the prior 16 months: POET-DSM, INEOS, Abengoa, and American Process Inc. We searched pre-Internet files and tracked down early project managers to locate records of DOE funding for the critical technologies from the early 1990s. After researching, calculating, and/or verifying further information about the biorefineries and their community impacts, Energetics streamlined presentation of the data to create engaging infographics and accompanying short articles.

BETO uses the IBR infographics on its website and in social media to promote events and raise public awareness of cellulosic biofuels, bioenergy, and bioproducts.