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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

diagram of scales used

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

Algal bio-oils in a tank

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.


Myriant Biorefinery Opens in Lake Providence, Louisiana

Posted on August 14, 2013 13:18 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

myriant facility at night

Local businesses and news are buzzing in Lake Providence, Louisiana, as the city of four thousand welcomes a new biorefinery facility. Myriant, one of the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO) integrated biorefinery (IBR) project partners, opened earlier this year and has started commercial-scale production of bio-succinic acid. Even at its young age, the biorefinery is having a visible, positive impact on the surrounding community.


Biomass 2013: Day Two Recap

Posted on August 2, 2013 14:33 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Sustainability Panel

The second day of our sixth annual conference, Biomass 2013: How the Advanced Bioindustry is Reshaping American Energy, is complete. If you missed our live tweeting or couldn't attend the conference, check out some of our key highlights. 


Biomass 2013: Day One Recap

Posted on August 1, 2013 07:51 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Margo Oge at Biomass2013

The first day of our sixth annual conference, Biomass 2013: How the Advanced Bioindustry is Reshaping American Energy, is complete. If you missed our live tweeting or couldn't attend the conference, check out some of our key highlights. 


Going Green in Illinois: A National Lab Talks Biomass on Marginal Land

Posted on July 16, 2013 08:38 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

attendees at ANL workshop

Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), a partner of the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), is engaging landowners in Illinois about opportunities to join the bioindustry by capitalizing on an underutilized resource: marginal land. The laboratory had plenty of ideas to share about marginal land usage at its recent “Bioenergy Crops in Central Illinois” workshop.