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

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

INL ESL


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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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

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. 

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Crafting the Future of Blue-Green Algae Biofuels

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

Cyanobacteria


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

Willow harvesting


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

Christmas Tree Infographic


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

Furan Ring Illustration


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

Head shot of Sarah Hobdey

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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