Bioenergy Technologies Office

Highlights

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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Department of Energy Announces Nearly $100 Million for Bioenergy Technologies Research
Topic areas with the funding announcement support the U.S. bioeconomy.
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Bioeconomy 2020 Joins Forces with ABLC 2020
Bioeconomy 2020 takes place on March 27, 2020 in Washington D.C.
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Three DFOs Fund Cooperative Research and Development Agreements Between National Lab Consortia and Industry and Academia.
Agile BioFoundry Consortium, Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry, and Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines can partner with industry...
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The Bioeconomy Initiative: Implementation Framework Report
This report provides a guiding structure for federal agencies to address key scientific and technical challenges that limit expansion of a domestic...
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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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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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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 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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Bioenergy News

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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Department of Energy Announces $50 Million for Commercial Truck, Off-road Vehicle, and Gaseous Fuels Research
Projects will focus on innovative research of technologies for trucks, off-road vehicles, and the fuels that power them.
July 29, 2019
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EERE Helps American Small Businesses with $43.6 Million for Phase II Innovation Projects
American small businesses received a near-$44 million boost from the Energy Department's EERE Small Business Innovation Research program.
July 22, 2019
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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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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

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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Scientists Develop Plant-Based Materials to Grow Nation’s Bioeconomy
Bioprose Blog: ORNL scientists researched the complexities of lignin structure to develop new bioadvantaged materials.
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Algae Education and the Future of the Bioeconomy
Bioprose Blog: Learn how the Algae Technology Educational Consortium leads the way toward educating the next generation of bioeconomy professionals.
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ABPDU Celebrates Successes and its 50th Industry Partner
Bioprose Blog: The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) at Lawrence Berkeley Nationa
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Run, Forest, Run—with Biomass
Bioprose Blog: Forests—acres upon acres of fragrant trees huddled closely together, a paradise for hikers, campers, and wildlife alike.
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The Secret Sauce: Industry Partnerships Key to Advancing Bio-Based Chemicals and Fuels
Bioprose Blog: Since the dawn of the industrial age, petroleum-based chemicals and fuels have driven countless inventions and products used every day.
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PNNL Brews Up Batch of Biocrude Oil
Bioprose Blog: Researchers produced 10 liters of biocrude from 200 kg of low-value, wet, plant-based feedstock.
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Research Reveals Fast-Growing, Resilient Algal Strain
Bioprose Blog: With their ability to convert carbon dioxide into renewable biomass, microalgae have potential applications in the sustainable...
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ANL Researchers Pioneer Innovative Approach to Recover Bioproducts
Bioprose Blog: Argonne National Laboratory researchers pioneer innovative approach to recover bioproducts.
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Solving the Puzzle Surrounding Algae for Biofuels
Bioprose Blog: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory develops new model for analyzing biocrude yield and economics.
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