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

Highlights

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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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

Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels: Breakthrough Research in Engine and Fuel Co-Optimization
DOE released two studies from the Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels initiative (Co-Optima).
February 15, 2018
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Bioenergy Technologies Office Evaluated in New Report!
Read the results of BETO's 2017 Project Peer Review Report.
February 6, 2018
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BETO Publishes Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day Summary Report, Announces Rewiring Initiative
BETO Publishes Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day Summary Report, Announces Rewiring Initiative
February 1, 2018
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EERE Success Story—Archer Daniels Midland Partners with PNNL to Become a Leading Producer of Biobased Propylene Glycol
With the help of PNNL, Archer Daniels Midland is a leading producer of Biobased Propylene Glycol.
January 9, 2018
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NREL Research Finds a “Sweet Spot” for Engineering Better Biofuel Enzymes
Researchers at NREL are seeking to unlock the bioenergy stored in plant cell walls—with a little sugar on top.
December 11, 2017
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Renewable Biomass Could Make Less Expensive, More Sustainable Carbon Fiber Possible
Read about this groundbreaking work on producing biobased renewable acrylonitrile that was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Science.
December 7, 2017
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The Competition is Heating Up: Wood Stove Design Challenge Announces Initial Round of Finalists
The Bioenergy Technologies Office is proud to announce the initial round of finalists from the fourth Wood Stove Design Challenge.
December 7, 2017
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BETO Launches New Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is proud to announce the establishment of the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium.
November 30, 2017
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Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop Summary Report Released!
The Bioenergy Technologies Office published a summary report of its Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop in May 2017.
September 28, 2017
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Energy Department Announces $3.5 Million for the Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 (ABY2) Additional Selection
The Energy Department announced the selection of one additional project under BETO’s Advanced Algal Systems Program funding opportunity announcement.
September 26, 2017
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BETO BLOG

Catalyst Collaboration: Argonne Accelerates Biofuel Production Technology
Bioprose Blog: Catalyst Collaboration―Argonne Accelerates Biofuel Production Technology
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Breakthrough Fuels-Engines R&D Offers Dramatic Boost in Fuel Savings, Economy, and Energy Security
As global energy demand grows, America needs to keep innovating. New energy options can create jobs, boost the economy, and improve national security.
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It’s Elemental: Designing the Perfect Biofuel Catalyst
Bioprose Blog: It’s Elemental—Designing the Perfect Biofuel Catalyst
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Ready, Set, Go! Bioenergy Research Facilities and Industry Run the Relay Race toward Energy Security
In the race to achieve U.S. energy independence, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office is running full speed ahead.
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A New Source of Renewable Plastics: Converting Ethanol to Butadiene in a Single Step
Bioprose Blog: A New Source of Renewable Plastics: Converting Ethanol to Butadiene in a Single Step
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The Relay Race toward Energy Security: Passing the Baton from Bioenergy Research to Industrial Commercialization
Bioprose Blog: The Relay Race toward Energy Security: Passing the Baton from Bioenergy Research to Industrial Commercialization
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Researchers Find Bioenergy Crops Provide Critical Ecosystem Services
Bioprose Blog: Researchers Find Bioenergy Crops Provide Critical Ecosystem Services
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Q&A with Bioenergy Researchers: Making Biocrude and Biofuel from Human Waste
This Q&A with bioenergy researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory discusses creating biocrude from human waste.
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Decoding Biology: Computer Scientists Advancing Biofuel Research
This week is Computer Science Education Week (December 4–10), which raises awareness about the significance of computer sciences in many careers
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Collaboration Success: Two Labs Develop a Promising Pathway to Biobased Fuels and Chemicals
Bioprose Blog: Collaboration Success: Two Labs Develop a Promising Pathway to Biobased Fuels and Chemicals
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Bioprose Featured Technical Blogger

Read the latest blog post from Meltem Urgun-Demirtas, Argonne National Laboratory.

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