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The Cutting Edge of Corn Stover and Switchgrass Supply: A Comprehensive Feedstock Solution

Posted on March 22, 2013 07:00 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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Supplying high-quality feedstock for use in a broad range of sustainable conversion processes to produce advanced biofuels is a complex multi-step process. Each step in the feedstock supply and logistics chain—from harvesting, preparing, and packaging, to loading and transporting—presents a unique set of challenges and barriers to ultimately achieving a streamlined process that will allow for the cost-competitive production of domestic, renewable biofuels and bioproducts. The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) awarded five grants to help fund demonstration projects that are working to establish a comprehensive approach for overcoming barriers and providing a consistent, high-quality, affordable feedstock supply. 

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Crafting the Future of Blue-Green Algae Biofuels

Posted on February 20, 2013 08:53 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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Could the future of algae-based compounds be blue green?

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) might say yes. A team led by Principal Investigator Jianping Yu has made significant progress toward crafting an advanced strain of cyanobacteria that could redefine the future of algal biofuel production. 

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Developing Willow Biomass: Reducing the Delivered Cost of Feedstock

Posted on January 28, 2013 15:04 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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A 130-acre plot of willow in western New York is improving the cost-efficiency of harvesting willow biomass to produce biofuels. 

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Turning the Holidays into Green Energy with Discarded Christmas Trees

Posted on December 27, 2012 08:00 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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What happens to all of those Christmas trees once the holiday season comes to close?

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John Gordon and Pete Silks: New Research from Webinar Presenters Published

Posted on December 20, 2012 11:24 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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On December 12, 2012, the Biomass Program hosted a webinar titled, “Upgrading Renewable and Sustainable Carbohydrates for the Production of High Energy Density Fuels.” Featured presenters, John Gordon and Pete Silks of Los Alamos National Laboratory, discussed how improvements in catalysis science are leading to more efficient conversion of non‐food biomass into transportation fuels and chemical feedstocks.

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The Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels

Posted on November 19, 2012 16:49 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Phase 1 of the Sapphire Energy Green Crude Farm


In June 2010, the U.S. Energy Department (DOE) commissioned the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (NRC) to convene a committee to investigate the potential for an environmentally sustainable domestic algal biofuels industry. The NRC’s report identifies priority areas for improving the long-term, national-scale sustainability of algal biofuels and notably finds no showstoppers.

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Bioenergy Post-Doc Profile Series: Sarah Hobdey

Posted on September 21, 2012 08:09 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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The Bioenergy Technologies Office supports four post-doctoral researchers at various national labs. They are an important part of the Office's portfolio of applied research and development activities happening all across the nation, and our post-docs reflect our strong commitment to strengthen the bioenergy industry and create green jobs. We've profiled the Bioenergy Technologies Office post-docs right here over the past two days, so be sure to check out the posts from earlier this week to meet David Lampert and Padmaja Gunda and learn more about their research. But today, let's meet Sarah Hobdey to close out our Post-Doc Profile Series.

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Bioenergy Post-Doc Profile Series: Padmaja Gunda

Posted on September 20, 2012 08:02 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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The Bioenergy Technologies Office supports four post-doctoral researchers at various national labs. They are an important part of the Office's portfolio of applied research and development activities happening all across the nation, and our post-docs reflect our strong commitment to strengthen the bioenergy industry and create green jobs. This week we're profiling the Bioenergy Technologies Office post-docs right here, so be sure to check back to meet them and learn more about their research. Yesterday, we highlighted David Lampert; next up, we have Padmaja Gunda.



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Bioenergy Post-Doc Profile Series: David Lampert

Posted on September 19, 2012 12:35 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Head shot of David Lampert

The Bioenergy Technologies Office supports three post-doctoral researchers at various national labs. They are an important part of the Office's portfolio of applied research and development activities happening all across the nation and our post-docs reflect our strong commitment to strengthen the bioenergy industry and create green jobs. We'll be profiling the Bioenergy Technologies Office post-docs right here over the next three days, so be sure to check back to meet them and learn more about their research. First up, we have David Lampert.

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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Investments Lead to Early Success for Bio-Based Companies

Posted on August 30, 2012 15:31 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

On June 26, 2012, Edeniq, Inc., officially launched its first-of-a-kind Corn to Cellulosic Migration (CCM) pilot-scale biorefinery in California that will be able to produce 50,000 gallons per year of cellulosic ethanol. The new plant utilizes its patented Cellunator™ technology to process non-food feedstocks, such as corn stover, switchgrass, and other non-starch biomass. Representing a breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production, the Cellunator™ technology will enable migration of first generation corn-based biofuel plants to second generation cellulosic feedstocks. The launch of the Edeniq CCM biorefinery project has created 31 jobs and represents an early success made possible by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) investment of $20.5 million in funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).   


The DOE Biomass Program has been able to fund more than 35 projects with the $718 million provided by the Recovery Act—projects that will advance biofuels research and speed commercialization of advanced biofuels and bioproducts. These projects will create at least 2,600 new jobs during the 2009–2014 timespan.  


Recovery Act awards have also spurred the creation of a competitive, sustainable, green marketplace, advancing exciting projects, such as the following: [More]