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NNEMS Project 2012-302

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The deadline for applying to the 2012 program was January 30, 2012. Program materials are provided for reference purposes only.

Program Announcement
Identifier: EPA-EED-12-01

NNEMS Catalog for 2012
(EPA 171-B-12-001)

[PDF, 2.9 MB, 73 pages]

NNEMS Application Materials
[PDF, 1.8 MB, 17 pages]

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Alternative Fuels Production and Air Quality

Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Sectors Policies and Programs Division

The primary mission of EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) is to preserve and improve air quality in the United States. As a national EPA headquarters office located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, OAQPS compiles and reviews air pollution data and develops regulations to limit and reduce air pollution. The Fuels and Incineration Group is responsible for developing and implementing regulatory and non-regulatory actions for production of traditional fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas, and alternative fuels such as biofuels and biogas.

The President's Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future calls for reducing oil imports by one third by 2025. One pathway to meeting this ambitious goal is to increase the production of biofuels, including both ethanol and advanced biofuels. The selected fellow will investigate the air quality impacts associated with the production of various cellulosic (non-corn kernel) biofuels. The fellow also will research the production process (thermochemical, biochemical and transesterification) for each biofuel type, including key process steps (gasification, fermentation and distillation), process equipment, and intermediate products and air pollutants emitted.

The fellow can expect to increase his or her knowledge of criteria and air toxic air pollution and control, renewable energy goals and options, and the benefits and challenges associated with biofuels production. When the project is complete, the fellow will have accomplished one or more of the following: (1) identified key biofuels and their feedstocks, (2) analyzed the production processes and potential air pollutants emitted, (3) analyzed potential end uses of the biofuels, and (4) reviewed controls and mitigation actions to reduce air quality impacts.

Final Product:
The fellow will develop a report compiling information on key biofuels and feedstocks, biofuel production processes, and associated air pollutants and controls. The fellow also will develop a summary PowerPoint presentation.

Desired Level of Education:
Junior to Graduate Student

Project Location:
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Project Period:
5/14/2012 to 8/24/2012

Project Officer:
Dennis Shipman

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