Bioenergy Technologies Office

Highlights

Bioprocessing Separations Consortium Three-Year Overview
New report describes the four critical challenges in biochemical and thermochemical processing that the consortium has addressed since its inception..
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Department of Energy Announces $27 Million for Plastics Recycling Research and Development
Department of Energy announced $27 million in funding for 12 projects that will support plastics recycling research and development.
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Sustainable Aviation Fuel: Review of Technical Pathways Report
New report provides insights on reducing costs and optimizing value of sustainable aviation fuel
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DOE Issues Request for Information: Understanding Workforce-Development Assets and Gaps for Technical and Non-Technical Bioenergy Workfor...
The U.S. Department of Energy requests stakeholder feedback to aid in identifying existing bioenergy workforce development opportunities and gaps.
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U.S. Department of Energy Announces Request for Information Concerning Residential Wood Heater and Bioprocessing Separations Technologies
The U.S. Department of Energy requests feedback on residential wood heater technology advancement and bioprocessing separations development.
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Apply Now for a Career Supporting the U.S. Bioeconomy
See what current positions are available at the Bioenergy Technologies Office!
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Department of Energy Announces $97 Million for Bioenergy Research and Development
The U.S. Department of Energy announced more than $97 million in funding for 33 projects that will support high-impact technology R&D.
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Plastics for a Circular Economy Workshop: Summary Report
A workshop report on the opportunities and challenges facing the development of new technologies to address plastic waste.
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Federal Activities Report on the Bioeconomy: Algae
A summary of Bioeconomy Initiative activities for the algae stakeholder community.
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Bioenergy Technologies Office 2019 R&D State of Technology
A status report on BETO’s 2019 R&D efforts for the deployment of cost-competitive bioenergy.
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Integrated Strategies to Enable Lower-Cost Biofuels
A report on five key strategies needed to achieve lower fuel production costs in an integrated biorefinery.
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Co-Optima FY 2019 Year in Review
An overview of the research activities and accomplishments of the Co-Optima initiative during the 2019 fiscal year.
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2019 Project Peer Review Report
Read more about the full results of the BETO 2019 Project Peer Review Report.
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Submission Deadlines Have Been Extended: Department of Energy Announces up to $25 Million for Plastics Recycling Research and Development
The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy...
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Bioeconomy 2020 Joins Forces with ABLC 2020
Bioeconomy 2020 takes place on July 10, 2020.
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Learn More About the Bioenergy Technologies Office

About the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)
BETO works to develop industrially relevant technologies to enable domestically produced biofuels and bioproducts. Learn more about BETO.
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Multi-Year Program Plan
View the Multi-Year Program Plan, which identifies the goals and research and development activities the Office will focus on in the future.
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Strategic Plan
View the Strategic Plan for a Thriving and Sustainable Bioeconomy, which provides the framework to realize BETO’s mission.
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Bioenergy Basics
What is biomass? Where does it come from? How are biofuels made? What is bioenergy? Browse through our informational resources to learn more.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about BETO or bioenergy, we have answers. Browse through our frequently asked questions section to learn more.
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Research & Development

Feedstock Supply & Logistics (FSL)
FSL focuses on developing technologies to ensure a reliable, affordable, and sustainable supply of terrestrial biomass feedstock sources.
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Algal Biofuels
BETO’s algal program focuses on improving the productivity of algal biomass and enhancing the efficiency of cultivation and harvesting.
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Conversion Technologies
Conversion R&D works to develop cost-effective technologies to convert non-food feedstocks into biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower.
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Sustainability
BETO finds and addresses issues affecting advanced bioenergy systems’ scale-up potential, public acceptance, and long-term viability.
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Analysis
The Strategic Analysis Program helps determine the overall goals and priorities for BETO and covers issues that cut across all program areas.
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Advanced Development and Optimization
BETO aims to reduce investment risk in bioenergy technologies with key initiatives like the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines.
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Emerging Technologies
The production of bioproducts and the utilization of waste streams to generate energy are two areas that have potential to advance BETO goals.
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Resources & Opportunities

Funding Opportunities
BETO provides funding for applied research for converting biomass resources into biofuels and bioproducts. Find out more about funding.
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Information Resources
BETO offers a range of materials providing information on BETO activities, research, publications, tools, multimedia, and terminology.
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Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (KDF)
The KDF provides access to data sets, publications, and mapping tools that support bioenergy research, analysis, and decision making.
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User Facilities
BETO’s national user facilities are available for external use and provide access to the most advanced tools to enhance bioenergy research.
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Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot
The SBV Pilot program provides U.S. small businesses with unparalleled access to the expertise and facilities of its national laboratories.
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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Projects Map
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announces the launch of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Pro
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Education & Workforce Development
Learn more about bioenergy basics and find lesson plans and other activities for students.
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Fellowship Opportunities
Learn more about internship and fellowship programs in the sciences, engineering, and liberal arts.
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Bioenergy News

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $27 Million in Plastics Recycling Research and Development
These projects will support the development of advanced plastics recycling technologies and new plastics that are recyclable-by-design.
October 15, 2020
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Department of Energy Announces $97 Million for Bioenergy Research and Development
DOE announces $97 million in funding for 33 projects that will support high-impact technology research and development to accelerate the bioeconomy.
July 31, 2020
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Department of Energy Selects Three Projects to Increase Industry Access to High-Performance Computing Capabilities
Department of Energy Selects Three Projects to Increase Industry Access to High-Performance Computing Capabilities
July 17, 2020
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Department of Energy Selects New Projects to Accelerate Innovation and Growth in the Biomanufacturing Sector
Department of Energy Selects New Projects to Accelerate Innovation and Growth in the Biomanufacturing Sector.
July 10, 2020
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Department of Energy Selects Seven Projects to Accelerate Adoption of Performance-Advantaged Biofuels
Department of Energy Selects Seven Projects to Accelerate Adoption of Performance-Advantaged Biofuels
July 2, 2020
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Wheels Keep Turning on Innovations for More Efficient and Clean Vehicles
Initiative Moves Beyond Car Research to Concentrate More Closely on Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines in Trucks.
June 3, 2020
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Answers to Three Vital Questions on How Fuels Can Improve Efficiency, Emissions, and Performance of Turbocharged Spark-Ignition Engines
The Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) National Laboratory consortium is jointly sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Office...
March 25, 2020
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Department of Energy Announces nearly $100 Million for Bioenergy Research and Development
Department of Energy Announces nearly $100 Million for Bioenergy Research and Development
January 23, 2020
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New Notice of Intent to Issue a Bioenergy Technologies Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity
The funding opportunity will support high-impact technology R&D to help expand the U.S. bioeconomy.
December 11, 2019
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New Notice of Intent for Joint Funding Opportunity to Advance DOE’s Plastics Innovation Challenge
New Notice of Intent for Joint Funding Opportunity to Advance DOE’s Plastics Innovation Challenge
December 10, 2019
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Bioprose: Building the Bioeconomy through Technology & Communication
A key resource for scientific information on the U.S. bioeconomy, providing technical knowledge to show how BETO sustainably develops biofuels and bioproducts.
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Bioprose Blog

How BETO is Developing the Next Generation of Biofuels
Bioprose Blog: Insights from EERE Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation and BETO Acting Director, Michael Berube
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A Three-Year Review of BETO's Bioprocessing Separations Consortium
Bioprose Blog: The Bioprocessing Separations Consortium makes progress addressing four critical challenges in biochemical & thermochemical processing.
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Waste Not, Want Not: INL Studies Potential of Municipal Solid Waste for Biofuels
Bioprose Blog: INL researchers identify feedstock variability factors and develop technologies to improve the feedstock quality
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Variability — Understanding the True Complexity
Bioprose Blog: Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium researchers use advanced techniques to analyze biomass.
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Importance of Advanced Aviation Fuels Provides Catalyst for New Government Working Group
Bioprose Blog: Interagency efforts highlight significance of advanced aviation fuels to the bioeconomy
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NREL's Catalysis Research Team Boosts Efficiency for the Production of High-Octane Gasoline and Jet Fuel from Biomass
Bioprose Blog: Techno-economic analysis leads to a market-responsive biorefinery concept
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Strain Improvements Keep Algae Ponds Growing Strong
Bioprose Blog: New LANL research enables quick detection of algae pond problems and streamlines screening of potential biofuel-producing algae candida
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New Foams Made Entirely from Algae Could Support Your Next Yoga Mat, Skateboard, or Mattress
Bioprose Blog: New flow chemistry methods from UCSD enable 100% renewable foam made from algae feedstocks.
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Bioeconomy 2020 – Everything You Need to Know!
Bioprose Blog: On July 10, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office will host its annual conference—Bioeconomy 2020.
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Positive Results Achieved from NREL's Use of Industry-Relevant Ozone Treatment to Deconstruct Biomass
Bioprose Blog: NREL researchers showed several cost-saving benefits by using a common pulp and paper industry method to breakdown biomass.
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