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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.


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. 


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. 


John Gordon and Pete Silks: New Research from Webinar Presenters Published

Posted on December 20, 2012 11:24 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

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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.


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]