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September 27, 2016
Alcohol-to-jet production units at LanzaTech Freedom Pines Biorefinery in Soperton, Georgia.
BETO-Funded Technology Produces Jet Fuel for Virgin Atlantic

LanzaTech recently announced a significant milestone—producing 1,500 gallons of renewable jet fuel from industrial waste gases. LanzaTech uses a jet fuel intermediate, called “Lanzanol,” which is then converted into a renewable jet fuel using technology developed in partnership with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). Virgin Atlantic’s planes will use this final jet fuel product, which is compatible with existing aviation infrastructure.

September 13, 2016
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Bioenergy Technologies Office Hosts Alternative Aviation Fuel Workshop

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting a 2-day workshop gathering lead experts in the field of aviation biofuels on September 14–15, 2016. The Alternative Aviation Fuel Workshop, which is being held in Macon, Georgia, will advance the understanding of current opportunities to increase the competitiveness of alternative jet fuels.

August 23, 2016
BETO Partner Makes the 2016 CNBC Disruptor Companies List

Carbon recycling company LanzaTech is ranked #13 on CNBC’s fourth annual Disruptor 50 list, which recognizes forward-thinking start-up companies whose innovations are revolutionizing the business landscape. LanzaTech produces fuels and chemicals from industrial waste gases—capturing the gases before they are emitted into the atmosphere as greenhouse gases and other pollutants.

August 19, 2016
Bioenergy Technologies Office Allocates $1 Million for Round 2 of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers Pilot

Bioenergy Technologies Office Allocates $1 Million for Round 2 of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers Pilot. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot, which is part of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) National Laboratory Impact Initiative, in collaboration with national laboratories, supports small businesses to advance energy technology and help transform our biomass resources into commercially successful, high-performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. To date, EERE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has provided a total of $1.6 million through two rounds of SBV awards. Round 1 occurred earlier in 2016, and Round 2 vouchers have just been awarded. In the most recent round, DOE is providing $1 million in vouchers to assist five companies.

August 18, 2016
Energy Department Awards 43 new Business-Laboratory Collaborations under Small Business Vouchers Pilot

Today, the Energy Department announced 43 small businesses will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. With vouchers in hand, these businesses can better leverage the world-class capabilities of the department's national laboratories and bring their next-generation clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster.

August 2, 2016
Energy Department Announces $11.3 Million for MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today up to $11.3 million for three projects that support the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce variable amounts of fuels and/or products based on external factors, such as market demand.

August 1, 2016
Energy Department Announces $7 Million to Accelerate Fuel and Engine Co-Optimization Technologies

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) announced today up to $7 million in project funding to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines as part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative.

July 15, 2016
Bioenergy Technologies Office Announces Notice of Intent for the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines Initiative

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) and Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines.” The FOA will be restricted to U.S. Institutions of Higher Education and non-profit research institutions that operate as a division under the U.S. Institutions of Higher Education.

July 14, 2016
Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Advance Algae-based Biofuels and Bioproducts

The Energy Department today announced up to $15 million for three projects aimed at reducing the production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts through improvements in algal biomass yields.

July 12, 2016
Future Bioeconomy Supported by More Than One Billion Tons of Biomass Potential

Within 25 years, the United States could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for economic, environmental, social, and national security benefits.

June 14, 2016
Graphic courtesy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Release Commercial Aircraft Propulsion and Energy Systems Research: Reducing Global Carbon Emissions

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine releases the Commercial Aircraft Propulsion and Energy Systems Research: Reducing Global Carbon Emissions report, which focuses on large (single- and twin-aisle) planes that transport more than 100 people. These aircraft account for more than 90% of greenhouse gas emissions from all commercial aircraft.

June 8, 2016
DOE Requests Information on Revolutionary Biomass Supply Systems Supporting a Billion-Ton Bioeconomy Vision

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Feedstock Supply and Logistics Program is responsible for developing technologies to support Advanced Feedstock Supply Systems (AFSS) that would enable mobilization of our growing national biomass resources to support a thriving bioeconomy. DOE seeks feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders to support a “billion-ton bioeconomy.” This request for information (RFI) asks for input about specific aspects in the development of large-scale supply systems and technologies to eventually supply up to a billion dry tons of biomass feedstocks annually for a variety of end uses.

May 25, 2016
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2016 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Winners Crowned

The winner of the 2016 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge was announced during a special awards ceremony on May 11, 2016, by Dr. Jonathan Male, Director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). The winning infographic entitled “Cellulosic Ethanol: Fueling the Future,” was developed by students from Smithtown High School East in St. James, New York.

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.