The Bioenergy Technologies Office: Advancing a Thriving and Sustainable Bioeconomy Fueled by Innovative Technologies

Bioenergy Technologies Office


2019 Project Peer Review
The 2019 Project Peer Review took place in Denver, Colorado, March 4–8.
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Bioeconomy 2018 Joined Forces with ABLC Global 2018
Bioeconomy 2018 took place in San Francisco, California on November 9.
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Bioprose: Building the Bioeconomy through Technology & Communication
The Bioenergy Technologies Office Bioprose blog is a key resource for scientific information on the U.S. bioeconomy.
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2017 Project Peer Review Report
Read the full results of BETO's 2017 Project Peer Review and Program Management Review in the final Peer Review Report.
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2016 Billion-Ton Report
The 2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy is the third in a series of Energy Department national assessments
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Bioeconomy 2017
On July 11–12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted our 10th annual conference—Bioeconomy 2017!
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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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BETO finds and addresses issues affecting advanced bioenergy systems’ scale-up potential, public acceptance, and long-term viability.
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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 training programs and career building, as well as 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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EERE Helps American Small Businesses with $21.6 Million for Phase I Innovation Projects
American small businesses got nearly a $22 million boost from EERE with Phase 1 Release II selections
May 20, 2019
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DOE Announces $79 Million for Bioenergy Research and Development
Funding supports DOE’s goal of providing consumers and businesses with a range of domestic energy options that are affordable, reliable, and secure.
May 3, 2019
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Frontiers in Energy Research Release a Special Issue Addressing Challenges to Efficient Bioenergy Production
Storing chopped, wet corn stover in conditions with reduced oxygen not only reduces microbial loss and risk of fire but also can increase yields...
April 4, 2019
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Department of Energy Announces $50 Million for Commercial Truck, Off-road Vehicle, and Gaseous Fuels Research
Funding opportunity addresses priorities in gaseous fuels research, including natural gas, biopower, and hydrogen; and more.
March 1, 2019
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The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Announces $20 Million Available for Small Business Innovation Research and Technolog...
EERE expects to fund more than 100 new projects, totaling approximately $20 million
December 18, 2018
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Energy Department Broadens Manufacturing Innovator Challenge, Launches Two New Prizes
The Energy Department announces the launch of two new prizes as part of the Manufacturing Innovator Challenge.
December 4, 2018
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Department of Energy Announces 36 Projects for Bioenergy Research and Development
R&D will enable cost-competitive, drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, bio-based products, and power from non-food biomass and waste feedstocks.
September 4, 2018
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BETO Publishes New Workshop Summary Report on Performance-Advantaged Biobased Chemicals
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) published the summary report for its workshop on Moving Beyond Drop-In...
June 28, 2018
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EERE Success Story—From Breakfast to Biocrude: Study Identifies Production Potential across Nation
Researchers look at wastewater sludge; animal manure; food waste; and fats, oil and grease as sources for the production of biofuel
June 20, 2018
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A First-of-a-Kind Algal-based College Certificate Program Sends Off Its First Graduates
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)-funded Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) is proud to announce...
June 18, 2018
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GREET: The Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation Model
Bioprose Blog: The Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) model is a tool that examines the...
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ABPDU Leverages State-of-the-Art Facilities with Industry Innovation to Advance Biofuel Technologies
Bioprose Blog: DOE's Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory uses raw materials...
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Government, National Labs, Academia, and Industry Convene at the DOE’s 2019 BETO Peer Review!
At BETO’s 2019 Project Peer Review, researchers presented results from more than 400 early-stage R&D projects across BETO’s technology areas.
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Lighting the Way to Bioproducts: Smart Microbial Biosensors for Conversion Pathway Design
Bioprose Blog: For several years, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) scientists have been taking advantage of the molecular tools that naturally...
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One Fish Model Study Leads to Three Wins for the Environment
Bioprose Blog: PNNL, ORNL, & USFS have been modeling to understand the costs and benefits of thinning forests and the potential for improving habitat.
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Algae: As Different from Each Other as They Are from You and Me
Bioprose Blog: LANL is developing genetic engineering tools that would allow algae to grow faster and accumulate more biomass for biofuel production.
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Fueling the Future: Developing a More Efficient Process for Producing Biobased High-Octane Gasoline
Bioprose Blog: The Bioenergy Technologies Office and National Renewable Energy Laboratory developed a novel process that uses biomass gasification.
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An Historical Time for Renewable Jet Fuel
The world’s first commercial flight using ground-breaking sustainable aviation fuel made from recycled waste carbon flew from Orlando to London
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Join Us at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioeconomy 2018 at ABLC Global!
Join Us at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioeconomy 2018 at ABLC Global!
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Idaho Researchers Slash Cost of Providing Biomass for Biofuels Production
Bioprose Blog: Idaho Researchers Slash Cost of Providing Biomass for Biofuels Production
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Bioprose Featured Technical Blogger
Read the latest blog post from Meltem Urgun-Demirtas, Laboratory Relationship Manager, Argonne National Laboratory.
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