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FY 2015 Bioenergy Technologies Office Budget Request Released

Posted on March 26, 2014 07:46 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

On March 14, 2014, President Obama's complete Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Congressional Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) was publicly released. The request includes $253.2 million for the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to continue its work catalyzing the development of a domestic capability to produce price-competitive, renewable fuels from non-food biomass resources. BETO’s funding represents 11% of the $2.3 billion requested for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and 0.9% of the $27.9 billion requested for DOE.

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Newly Expanded Bioenergy KDF Tracks Congress, Connects the Industry

Posted on February 26, 2014 02:10 | via Biomass Blog Admin

diagram of scales used


Approximately 60 bioenergy-related bills were introduced in Congress in 2013, and 10 proceeded to a vote. Where did your congressmen and congresswomen stand? You can easily find out with the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework’s (Bioenergy KDF’s) new Legislative Library—a database resource released today by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO).

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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.

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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.

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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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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. 

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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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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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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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