Bioenergy Technologies Office

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DOE Announces Request for Information on Plastics Innovation Challenge Draft Roadmap
The U.S. DOE requests stakeholder feedback to seek input on the draft roadmap and DOE research plans related to the Plastics Innovation Challenge.
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Plastics Innovation Challenge Draft Roadmap
The U.S. Department of Energy has issued the Plastics Innovation Challenge Draft Roadmap and requests stakeholder feedback.
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Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Annual Review of Research – FY2020
A new report on the FCIC's annual review of research for Fiscal Year 2020.
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Department of Energy Announces $35 Million for Bioenergy Research and Development
The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $35 million in funding for bioenergy feedstock technologies and algae research and development.
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Predictive Models and High-Performance Computing as Tools to Accelerate the Scaling-Up of New Bio-Based Fuels Workshop: Summary Report
New report describes best practices for using mathematical models to accelerate the scale-up of biofuels.
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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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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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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 Technologies: Supply and Logistics
The Feedstock Technologies program works to ensure a reliable, affordable, and sustainable supply of terrestrial biomass feedstock sources.
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Advanced Algal Systems
BETO’s Advanced Algal Systems Program focuses on improving productivity of algal biomass and enhancing cultivation and harvesting efficiency.
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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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Data, Modeling, and 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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Systems Development and Integration program (formerly known as the Advanced Development and Optimization program)
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

Department of Energy Announces $35 Million for Bioenergy Research and Development
DOE Funding Will Support Bioenergy Technologies in Algae and Municipal Solid Waste
December 10, 2020
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Call for White Papers: Directed Funding Opportunity for Collaboration with National Laboratories
Call for White Papers: Directed Funding Opportunity for Collaboration with National Laboratories
November 13, 2020
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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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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

NREL Cultivates Algae Indoors to Learn How to Boost Growth and Productivity Outdoors
Bioprose Blog: NREL Researchers Working to Lower the Cost of Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts Find Success with Indoor Cultivators
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FCIC Research, Accomplishments, and Opportunities
Bioprose Blog: The Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium shares highlights from 2020 and plans for 2021
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Broadening Participation in the Bioeconomy through Small Business Partnerships
Bioprose Blog: BETO seeks to broaden participation in the bioeconomy
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Taking Off into Cleaner Skies with LANL Research
Bioprose Blog: Researchers at LANL develop a renewable jet fuel additive
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NREL Recycles Biorefinery Waste Streams to Create High-Value Chemical Products
Bioprose Blog: NREL researchers develop a method to enhance the value of aqueous waste streams
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Bioenergy Technologies Office Requests Stakeholder Input on Workforce/Career Development
Bioprose Blog: Request for Information closes November 2, 2020
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BETO and POET-DSM Biorefinery Pivots to Support the COVID-19 Response
Bioprose Blog: POET-DSM produces pharmaceutical-grade ethanol necessary for hand sanitizer
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ABPDU's Open Source Software Benefits Biotech Community
Bioprose Blog: ABPDU incorporates stakeholder feedback to create open source software applications
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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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