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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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