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May 23, 2016
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Algal Biology Toolbox Workshop Brings Lead Experts to Inform Algae-Based Biofuel Strategy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting a two-day workshop gathering lead experts in the field of algal biology from May 24–25, 2016. This workshop, “Sharpening Our Tools: Algal Biology Toolbox Workshop,” held in San Diego, California, will discuss research and development (R&D) needed to achieve affordable, scalable, and sustainable algae-based biofuels. It is the first algal biofuels strategy workshop to focus specifically on improvements in algal biology—a key research focus required to advance the economic viability of algae-based biofuels.

May 16, 2016
DOE Announces $10 Million for Innovative Bioenergy Research and Development

The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $10 million in funding for six projects representing innovative technologies and solutions to advance bioenergy development.

May 10, 2016
CAB-Comm Final Report Documents Accomplishments from Six Years of Algal Research

The Consortium for Algal Biofuel Commercialization (CAB-Comm), led by the University of California, San Diego, has just released its final report, detailing the many accomplishments and impactful contributions achieved in its six years of operation. CAB-Comm was established in 2010 through a competitive award from the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to conduct research to enable commercial viability of algae-based biofuels.

May 9, 2016
DOE and USDA Award $10 Million to Advance Biofuels, Bioenergy, and Biobased Products

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded up to $10 million in funding, available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI).

May 6, 2016
Energy Department Announces Funding for Design and Construction of Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biopower

$90 Million Funding Will Advance Administration Goals to Reduce Carbon Emissions and Improve American Energy Security

May 5, 2016
DOE Announces Webinars on Building a Billion Ton Bioeconomy and an Opportunity in Innovative Sensors

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required.

April 26, 2016
A group of 4-H youth delegates presenting their views on bioenergy to representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, as part of the 2016 National 4-H Conference.
BETO Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Bioenergy with 4-H Youth Leaders from Across the Nation

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted a roundtable discussion with a group of 4-H youth delegates from across the country on April 12, 2016. The roundtable, which was part of the larger National 4-H Conference, addressed the role of bioenergy in a sustainable global energy system.

April 20, 2016
DOE Announces Webinars on Biofuel Feedstocks and the Climate Benefits of Bioenergy

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required.

April 15, 2016
Bioenergy Technologies Office Announces Notice of Intent for the Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Project Definition for Pilot and Demonstration Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower (PD2B3)”.

April 11, 2016
Double-Win “Algal Turf Scrubbers” Help to Clean Up Baltimore Harbor and Fuel Cars

Algae absorb nutrients and produce oxygen—ecosystem services that are vital to the health of impaired water bodies like the Chesapeake Bay and Gulf of Mexico. Energy Department-funded researchers are investigating how to mimic these natural services, while at the same time, sustainably produce biomass for conversion to renewable biofuels and bioproducts. It’s a double win for the environment!

April 11, 2016
Meeting and Study Tour Highlight Opportunities for a Sustainable Bioeconomy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is leading a five-day bioenergy study tour and meeting from April 10–14, 2016, that will highlight innovations in DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), provide a better understanding of bioenergy in the southeastern states, and showcase opportunities for a sustainable bioeconomy.

March 28, 2016
BETO Releases 2016 Update of Multi-Year Program Plan

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is pleased to announce the 2016 update of the BETO Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP). The MYPP serves as an operational guide to help BETO manage and coordinate its activities as well as a vehicle to communicate BETO’s mission, goals, and plans to stakeholders and the public. It details BETO’s research, development, demonstration, market transformation, and crosscutting activities for the coming years and outlines how they are important to meeting the nation’s energy and sustainability challenges.

March 16, 2016
NREL Updates Survey of Advanced Biofuel Producers in the United States

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) updated its annual survey of U.S. non-starch ethanol and renewable hydrocarbon biofuels producers. The survey report, titled 2015 Survey of Non-Starch Ethanol and Renewable Hydrocarbon Biofuels Producers, documents important changes (e.g., biorefinery development, production capacity, feedstock use, and technology pathways) that have occurred since the publication of the original 2013 survey. Released in January 2016, the report provides an inventory of the domestic advanced biofuels production industry as of the end of calendar year 2015.

March 10, 2016
Energy Department Requests Information on Understanding Scale-Up and Operational Challenges for Integrated Biorefinery Optimization

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) seeks feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders that will help BETO better understand capabilities, as well as barriers and opportunities, for the operation of integrated biorefineries to produce biofuels, biochemicals, and bioproducts.

March 10, 2016
BETO Allocates Funding for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers Pilot

In an effort to advance the clean energy economy, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has developed a new initiative to provide technical assistance and collaborative research and development (R&D) opportunities for small businesses in the clean energy sector. The Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot, which is part of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s larger National Laboratory Impact Initiative, aims to help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies to market faster by providing access to expertise and specialized equipment at DOE’s national laboratories.

March 10, 2016
DOE’s Innovative Small Business Vouchers Pilot Selects 33 Small Businesses for Lab Collaboration

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that 33 small businesses have been selected to work directly with DOE national labs to accelerate the transformation toward a clean energy economy. The selected businesses will be afforded access to world-class laboratory resources to help move these innovative ideas and technologies closer to the marketplace. 

February 24, 2016
U.S. Department of Energy Launches $40 Million Effort to Improve Materials for Clean Energy Solutions

Energy Materials Network will include four initial National Laboratory-led Consortia

February 22, 2016
President Obama’s FY17 Budget Request Proposes Increased Funding for BETO

President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request was released earlier this month, proposing increased funding levels for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The request proposes $278.9 million for the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), which is a $53.9 million (24%) increase from the enacted budget for FY 2016. This percent increase is 14% higher than the Energy Department’s requested increase as a whole compared to FY 2016, emphasizing the growing importance of bioenergy towards the nation’s clean energy goals.

February 18, 2016
(From left to right) BETO Technology Manager Daniel Fishman, and Program Manager Alison Goss Eng, Livermore Mayor John March, Sandia National Laboratories Vice President Marianne Walck, California State Assembly Catharine Baker, and Chief Scientific and Technology Officer and Vice President of the Deconstruction Division at the Joint BioEnergy Institute Blake Simmons cut the ribbon for the new Algae Raceway Testing Facility. Photo courtesy of Dino Vournas/Sandia National Laboratories.
Algae Raceway Testing Facility Brings Algal Biofuels One Step Closer to Reality

A new algae raceway testing facility opened earlier this month at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, that could help bring algal biofuels one step closer to commercialization. Algae is an ideal source of biomass as it is one of the fastest growing microorganisms on the planet, but researchers have yet to use it to produce biofuel that is inexpensive enough to compete with petroleum fuel. This new testing facility will help researchers focus on improvements in pond cultivation necessary to achieve the goal of cost-competitive algal biofuel. 

February 12, 2016
Energy Department Requests Information on Biofuels & Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities

The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking input from industry, academia, national laboratories, and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing pilot- or process development-scale facilities with the capability to perform process verifications for biomass conversion pathways to biofuels, bioproducts, or intermediates that integrate multiple unit operations on a scale of approximately 0.5 or greater tons of dry biomass input per day.

February 11, 2016
NREL Refinery Process Shows Increased Effectiveness of Producing Ethanol from Algae

A new biorefinery process developed by scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has proven to be significantly more effective at producing ethanol from algae than previous methods.

February 8, 2016
Energy Department Announces $11.3 Million Available for Mega-Bio: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels

The Energy Department today announced up to $11.3 million in funding to develop flexible biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can be modified to produce advanced fuels and/or products based on external factors, such as market demand. These pathways could consist of a route to a platform chemical that could be converted to products or renewable hydrocarbon fuels or a route that co-produces chemicals and renewable hydrocarbon fuels.

February 4, 2016
BETO Director Ranks #6 in Biofuels Digest’s Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy

Biofuels Digest has released its 2016 ranking of the “Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy,” and Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Director Dr. Jonathan Male is ranked high in the list at number six. Sharing this prestigious spot with Dr. Male are other top players from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)— Assistant Secretary for EERE, David Danielson and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation, Reuben Sarkar.

January 27, 2016
BETO’s sustainability work includes assessing water resource use and water quality impacts of bioenergy production.
BETO-Funded Study Offers Methods to Support a Water-Sustainable Bioenergy Industry

Argonne National Laboratory released a study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) that examines the potential effects of future biofuel production on freshwater resources in the Missouri River Basin—a region that could play a central role in the production of cellulosic biomass like switchgrass, a perennial energy crop

January 15, 2016
Energy Department Announces $15 Million for Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 (ABY2)

The Energy Department today announced up to $15 million in funding to develop technologies that are likely to succeed in producing 3,700 gallons of algal biofuel intermediate (or equivalent dry weight basis) per acre per year (gal/acre/yr) on an annualized average basis (not peak or projected) through multiple batch campaigns or on a semi-continuous or continuous basis, in an outdoor test environment by 2020.