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Students Share Experiences from First Run of BioenergizeME Virtual Science Fair

Posted on December 18, 2014 09:39 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Last week concluded the beta run of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) sponsored BioenergizeME Virtual Science Fair—a high school competition that has students create and share infographics about bioenergy concepts. Student teams from five high schools in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Texas teamed up to create a total of 23 infographics, and in December, they shared their infographics over Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and local media for a two-week social media campaign. Winners were as follows...


A Virtual Visit to Bioenergy Research at the National Laboratories

Posted on October 22, 2014 16:25 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is offering this virtual open house of its national laboratories—the facilities at the core of BETO’s research and development.


How the Energy Department Helped Make Project LIBERTY Possible

Posted on September 24, 2014 11:11 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

The United States now has its second commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefinery—the first to produce the cellulosic ethanol from corn waste—thanks in part to $100 million in Energy Department funding, and investment that began seven years ago. Starting with a policy and a cost-shared investment, the Energy Department helped to move ethanol from corn waste production from an idea to a reality faster than the private industry could alone. Here’s how...


Growing the Future Bioeconomy with Biomass 2014

Posted on August 28, 2014 09:03 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

How does the Bioenergy Technologies Office help grow the bioeconomy? By bringing together bioenergy professionals from innovative companies, universities, national laboratories, government agencies, and non-profit organizations from across the nation to explore the critical challenges and key opportunities for the bioenergy industry. This year, 580 industry professionals attended Biomass 2014 in Washington, D.C.


An American Bioeconomy: Our Green Future Is Now!

Posted on July 23, 2014 12:21 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Biomass is the most abundant biological material on the planet. It is renewable; it grows almost everywhere; and it provides fuel, power, chemicals, and many other products. But most people don’t know that biomass is a major part of the U.S. economy.


Jump-Start Your Career with the Bioenergy Industry

Posted on June 25, 2014 11:42 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Are you a recent college graduate looking to jump-start your career? Bioenergy is a dynamic and emerging field, and whether you majored in engineering or English, science or political science, business or biology, there are numerous possibilities to use your skills and education in the industry.


BETO Celebrates Earth Day, Every Day

Posted on April 22, 2014 10:55 | via Biomass Blog Admin

One day a year, Americans celebrate the Earth and often think about what they’re doing to help protect the environment in which we live. Here at the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), every day is Earth Day, and mitigating the impacts petroleum use has on climate change is one of the primary reasons why BETO and its partners work every day to develop a domestic biomass industry.


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.


Newly Expanded Bioenergy KDF Tracks Congress, Connects the Industry

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

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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).


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.