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BETO Celebrates Earth Day, Every Day

Posted on April 22, 2014 10:55 | via Biomass Blog Admin

One day a year, Americans celebrate the Earth and often think about what they’re doing to help protect the environment in which we live. Here at the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), every day is Earth Day, and mitigating the impacts petroleum use has on climate change is one of the primary reasons why BETO and its partners work every day to develop a domestic biomass industry.


FY 2015 Bioenergy Technologies Office Budget Request Released

Posted on March 26, 2014 07:46 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

On March 14, 2014, President Obama's complete Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Congressional Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) was publicly released. The request includes $253.2 million for the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to continue its work catalyzing the development of a domestic capability to produce price-competitive, renewable fuels from non-food biomass resources. BETO’s funding represents 11% of the $2.3 billion requested for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and 0.9% of the $27.9 billion requested for DOE.


BETO-Funded Biorefinery Fuels Racecars in TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Series

Posted on March 25, 2014 10:50 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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At the "12 Hours of Sebring" racing event March 12–15, NASCAR's International Motor Sports Association announced INEOS Bio as the supplier of cellulosic ethanol to racecars in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series. INEOS Bio's Indian River BioEnergy Center, which is located in Vero Beach, Florida, was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO).


Newly Expanded Bioenergy KDF Tracks Congress, Connects the Industry

Posted on February 26, 2014 02:10 | via Biomass Blog Admin

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Approximately 60 bioenergy-related bills were introduced in Congress in 2013, and 10 proceeded to a vote. Where did your congressmen and congresswomen stand? You can easily find out with the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework’s (Bioenergy KDF’s) new Legislative Library—a database resource released today by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO).


Advancements in Algal Biofuels: Year in Review

Posted on January 10, 2014 11:53 | via Biomass Blog Admin


Exciting algae biofuels research and development (R&D) breakthroughs and industry milestones made 2013 a noteworthy year on the road to algal biofuel commercialization–and 2014 already looks promising!

Research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) resulted in a number of advancements that can help make the production of algal biofuel less costly—the most significant barrier to commercialization.


From the Lab to the Field: BETO’s Demonstration & Deployment Efforts

Posted on November 12, 2013 13:55 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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To achieve the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) vision of a sustainable, domestic bioenergy industry, the Office’s efforts stretch beyond research and development projects to demonstration and deployment activities. The ultimate goal is commercialization and widespread adoption of advanced technologies that will help move our nation to a more secure and economically sound future.


Top Five Things You Didn't Know About Algae

Posted on November 5, 2013 11:15 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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In honor of the Bioenergy Technologies Office's (BETO) upcoming Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop, the Office is introducing some of the top five things you didn't know about algae. These basic outline will get you up to date on some of the key reasons why algae is such a valuable resource for the development of biofuels, bioproducts, and bioenergy.


Harvest Your Energy

Posted on October 24, 2013 10:07 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Candy, leaves, and pumpkins enter a conversion device to create energy to power a haunted house

This Halloween, think of turning seasonal municipal solid waste (MSW) to energy as a very important “trick”! The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) wants to illustrate how even common holiday waste can have a positive environmental impact.


Interactive Sustainability: Quantifying Our Energy Footprint

Posted on September 26, 2013 13:28 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

A fully graphical tool box to perform life-cycle analysis simulations of alternative transportation fuels and vehicle technologies

Tracking sustainability metrics—for bioenergy that does not compromise environmental quality and the availability of food, feed, fiber, and water—has never been easier or more interactive! Due to the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) dedicated work with national labs and other partners to develop the nation’s bioenergy industry, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has released two interactive, online tools to assess the resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with biofuel production.


The Seam of the Future: BETO Investigates Renewable Carbon Fiber

Posted on August 21, 2013 14:45 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Unconventional carbon fiber manufacturing

One of the many goals the Department of Energy's (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) aims to achieve is developing ways to positively impact the renewable transportation sector. The newest stitch in the fabric of renewable transportation is carbon fiber, a resilient material that can be combined to create high-value composites for wind energy technologies, aircraft technologies, and vehicles.