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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...


BETO-Funded Biorefinery Fuels Racecars in TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Series

Posted on March 25, 2014 10:50 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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At the "12 Hours of Sebring" racing event March 12–15, NASCAR's International Motor Sports Association announced INEOS Bio as the supplier of cellulosic ethanol to racecars in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series. INEOS Bio's Indian River BioEnergy Center, which is located in Vero Beach, Florida, was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO).


From the Lab to the Field: BETO’s Demonstration & Deployment Efforts

Posted on November 12, 2013 13:55 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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To achieve the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) vision of a sustainable, domestic bioenergy industry, the Office’s efforts stretch beyond research and development projects to demonstration and deployment activities. The ultimate goal is commercialization and widespread adoption of advanced technologies that will help move our nation to a more secure and economically sound future.


Myriant Biorefinery Opens in Lake Providence, Louisiana

Posted on August 14, 2013 13:18 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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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.


Biomass 2013: Day One Recap

Posted on August 1, 2013 07:51 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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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. 


Summer Coming Attractions: Biomass 2013

Posted on June 18, 2013 13:21 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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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. 


The Cutting Edge of Corn Stover and Switchgrass Supply: A Comprehensive Feedstock Solution

Posted on March 22, 2013 07:00 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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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. 


American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Investments Lead to Early Success for Bio-Based Companies

Posted on August 30, 2012 15:31 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

On June 26, 2012, Edeniq, Inc., officially launched its first-of-a-kind Corn to Cellulosic Migration (CCM) pilot-scale biorefinery in California that will be able to produce 50,000 gallons per year of cellulosic ethanol. The new plant utilizes its patented Cellunator™ technology to process non-food feedstocks, such as corn stover, switchgrass, and other non-starch biomass. Representing a breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production, the Cellunator™ technology will enable migration of first generation corn-based biofuel plants to second generation cellulosic feedstocks. The launch of the Edeniq CCM biorefinery project has created 31 jobs and represents an early success made possible by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) investment of $20.5 million in funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).   

The DOE Biomass Program has been able to fund more than 35 projects with the $718 million provided by the Recovery Act—projects that will advance biofuels research and speed commercialization of advanced biofuels and bioproducts. These projects will create at least 2,600 new jobs during the 2009–2014 timespan.  

Recovery Act awards have also spurred the creation of a competitive, sustainable, green marketplace, advancing exciting projects, such as the following: [More]