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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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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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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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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