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Three NREL Biofuels Experts Make List of Top 100 People in Bioenergy

October 14, 2010

Three scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have been named to Biofuels Digest’s “Top 100 People in Bioenergy” for 2010. Tom Foust, Al Darzins, and Phil Pienkos were selected as bioenergy leaders through a two-week Biofuels Digest reader poll that garnered more than 15,000 votes. Foust came in at #59 and was noted for his leadership of the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium and his engaging presentations on advanced biofuels. His voting profile states, “Tom Foust gives one of the most clear, concise, and yet comprehensive 30-minute overviews of the state of play in advanced biofuels development we’ve ever experienced.” Darzins and Pienkos share the #60 spot for their strong contributions to the algae biofuels research community. The Digest online profile says, “Two of the real movers and shakers on algae at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are Phil Pienkos and Al Darzins – regulars at industry conclaves like the Algae Biomass Summit, where they play spotlighted roles, and organizing the effort at NREL on algal-based biofuels, which has gone from a near standing (re)start to a fast-moving, evolving machine in recent years.” See the full Top 100 list at, and read profiles of #41-#60 at