Center for BioEnergy Sustainability (CBES)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Creating opportunities in sustainable bioenergy
for Oak Ridge National Laboratory through collaboration
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Center for BioEnergy Sustainability (CBES) promotes inter-disciplinary collaboration to create new opportunities in biomass production and its conversion to biofuels and bio-based products. The objective of this center is to use science and analysis to understand the sustainability (environmental, economic, and social) of current and potential future bioenergy production and distribution; to identify approaches to enhance bioenergy sustainability; and to serve as an independent source of the highest quality data and analysis for bioenergy stakeholders and decision makers. CBES involves more than 80 ORNL scientists in such areas as bioenergy science, biochemical engineering, national and global bioenergy analysis, resource economics, transportation, logistics modeling, spatial data analysis and modeling, geospatial science and technology, and environmental effects.
Researchers at ORNL explore bioenergy sustainability by
Developing understanding of the systems context in which energy decisions are made
Conducting field, laboratory, and model experiments to assess the feasibility and implications of sustainable bioenergy options
Testing, calibrating, and determining sensitivities and uncertainties of models and their projections
Assessing the data used to characterize bioenergy options
Communicating scientific results to decision makers
Hence, the focus of ORNL’s Center for BioEnergy Sustainability is on
Bioenergy options from a systems perspective
Sustainability as a combination of environmental, economic, and social concerns
Appropriate scales for addressing bioenergy sustainability concerns
Tradeoffs in implications of land-use and land-management decisions
Quantifying environmental, economic, and social implications of bioenergy choices at local, regional, and global scales
Lignocellulosic feedstock options and their implications for ecosystem services and social and economic benefits
CBES provides ORNL and other scientists a chance to meet with one another and discuss emerging possibilities for new research. Opportunities will be offered through weekly and monthly gatherings and through a minimum of two large-scale workshops per year. Colleagues will be invited to:
Participate in a monthly CBES Forum at which there will be an invited presentation followed by a discussion period. These forums are held the third Thursday of each month at 3;30 PM in the Ocoee Room in Building 1505 at ORNL.
Learn from and participate in national and international workshops that are organized by CBES to explore ORNL’s role in addressing high-priority topics and that are held at or near ORNL.
Bioenergy will be part of the global solution to energy challenge