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Learn how Energy Department scientists and researchers produce clean, renewable fuel -- from algae.

Learn how the Energy Department is working to sustainably transform the nation's abundant renewable resources into biomass energy.

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6 New Things Happening with Biofuels

The science and industry of biofuels is changing rapidly. See what’s new with the fuels of the future.

World’s First Algae Surfboard Makes Waves in San Diego
Surfing into the Future

Energy Department-funded scientists at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) California Center for Algae Biotechnology have successfully demonstrated a uniquely Californian solution to replacing fossil fuels—surfboards made from algae.

Making Algal Biofuel Production More Efficient, Less Expensive

Tiny algae can play a big role in tackling America's energy challenges. Recent scientific breakthroughs and projects, funded by the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, have resulted in a number of advancements that are helping make algal biofuel more cost competitive and widely available.

Oregon Hospital Heats Up with a Biomass Boiler
Using money from the Recovery Act, Blue Mountain Hospital replaced one of its 1950s crude oil boilers with a wood-pellet boiler -- saving the hospital about $100,000 a year in heating costs. | Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Energy.

Highlighting how a rural Oregon hospital was able to cut its heating bills while stimulating the local economy.

Ceres: Making Biofuels Bigger and Better
A Ceres researcher evaluates the performance of biofuel crops. | Photo courtesy of Ceres, Inc.

Research into energy crops and advanced biofuels, like one particular project funded by ARPA-E, contributes to U.S. energy independence, creates jobs, and directly applies to increasing food crops production.