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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. 


Energy 101: Feedstocks Basics

Posted on July 8, 2013 09:56 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Corn Stover on the Field

The Bioenergy Technologies Office and the Energy Department have released a new video in the Energy 101 series highlighting terrestrial feedstock production. 


Register Now for Biomass 2013

Posted on June 26, 2013 14:53 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

The Registration Biomass 2013 Logo

Still not convinced that Biomass 2013 is the place to be this summer? That's about to change. 


Summer Coming Attractions: Biomass 2013

Posted on June 18, 2013 13:21 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

The Biomass 2013 Logo

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting its sixth annual conference this summer. Biomass 2013: How the Advanced Bioindustry is Reshaping American Energy is the culmination of what BETO does best—bringing together a variety of partners and stakeholders to talk about and take action toward achieving a commercially viable, high-performance bioindustry. Though we’re already on our sixth conference, we’re only getting started; you can expect plenty of new and exciting topics coming your way July 31–August 1, 2013. 


Enhancing Feedstock Research at a New State-of-the-Art Facility

Posted on May 17, 2013 08:00 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin


Bioenergy and feedstock research is a complex process. Laboratories, research institutions, and private partners each focus on distinct steps in the supply chain, such as specific harvesting or logistical technologies or cross-cutting analytical capabilities. In order to create reliable, cost-competitive bioproducts and biofuels, all of these disparate efforts have to be meticulously coordinated to ensure that the most up-to-date information on feedstock production, logistics, harvesting, processing, distribution, and end use is available. The Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL)—a U.S. Department of Energy, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) partner—is now fulfilling a critical role by enabling a unified research approach to the feedstock supply and logistics process. 


Bioenergy Benefits across the Supply Chain

Posted on April 22, 2013 08:09 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Closed Carbon Loop Cycle of Sustainability

On Earth Day and every day, BETO is working to improve the sustainability of the transportation industry in the United States through the development and deployment of commercially viable, high-performance, domestic biofuels. BETO’s Sustainability subprogram closely studies the life-cycle impacts of bioenergy production on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and preservation of clean air, not to mention improved soil and water quality.


A Multidisciplinary Approach to Catalyst Creation

Posted on April 15, 2013 11:44 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Researchers working at IACT

Funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the Institute for Atom-Efficient Chemical Transformations (IACT) is performing multifaceted research and development to advance use of biomass as a viable energy resource. 


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

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

FDCE Self Propelled Baler

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. 


Crafting the Future of Blue-Green Algae Biofuels

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


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. 


Developing Willow Biomass: Reducing the Delivered Cost of Feedstock

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

Willow harvesting

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