Share the Knowledge

Interactive website seeks industry collaboration
By Kris Bevill | March 10, 2011

A newly launched interactive website created by the U.S. DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is focused on eliminating “information silos” in the biofuels industry with the intent of advancing the entire industry. The Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework allows registered users to share large data sets and research information and is designed to encourage user-generated data and feedback. Geographic mapping capabilities allow users to identify feedstock production potential, energy demand patterns and available infrastructure for potential biorefinery locations.

Inspiration to develop the site came from the realization that while a significant amount of money has been invested in gathering bioenergy-related data, a relatively insignificant amount of effort has been spent in sharing that data, according to ORNL researchers. “This new tool connects data, knowledge and people in what we expect will become a catalyst that allows interested parties to come together and accelerate the process of developing homegrown, sustainable and plentiful biofuels,” Budhendra Bhaduri, ORNL’s principal investigator of the project, says. 

—Kris Bevill