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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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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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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.

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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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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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Bioenergy Benefits across the Supply Chain

Posted on April 22, 2013 08:09 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Closed Carbon Loop Cycle of Sustainability


On Earth Day and every day, BETO is working to improve the sustainability of the transportation industry in the United States through the development and deployment of commercially viable, high-performance, domestic biofuels. BETO’s Sustainability subprogram closely studies the life-cycle impacts of bioenergy production on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and preservation of clean air, not to mention improved soil and water quality.

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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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The Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels

Posted on November 19, 2012 16:49 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Phase 1 of the Sapphire Energy Green Crude Farm


In June 2010, the U.S. Energy Department (DOE) commissioned the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (NRC) to convene a committee to investigate the potential for an environmentally sustainable domestic algal biofuels industry. The NRC’s report identifies priority areas for improving the long-term, national-scale sustainability of algal biofuels and notably finds no showstoppers.

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