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November 26, 2018
Photo taken of plane prior to historic flight
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
December 6, 2017
Sludge from a wastewater treatment plant
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.
February 6, 2017
a photo take high up above a field.
Meet the Plant that is Bridging Renewable Energy, Rural Development, and Environmental Benefits
A project funded by the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is working to show how perennial plants grown for bioenergy could be integra
December 27, 2016
This infographic summarizes the production potential, as well as the economic and environmental outcomes, of utilizing 1 billion tons of biomass per year. To see the kinds of biomass that could constitute the bioeconomy, check out the <a href="https://youtu.be/EjdixWf1tYw?t" target="_blank">“Enabling the Billion-Ton Bioeconomy”</a> video.
Envisioning the Economic and Environmental Outcomes of Tripling the U.S. Bioeconomy
Within the next 15 years, the United States has the potential to sustainably produce at least 1 billion tons of biomass annually, according to the ...
November 30, 2016
Crude Science
Crude Science

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed technology that can convert human waste into sustainable biofuel.

November 23, 2016
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There Is a Cornucopia of Feedstock Options for Making Biofuels
Right now, biofuels and consumer products made from biomass are not commercially widespread. However, the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technolog...
November 10, 2016
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory conducted biobased, high-octane fuel experiments using this modified turbocharged Cadillac. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Achieving the Best of Both Worlds—Improved Vehicle Performance with Fuel that's Better for the Environment

Is it possible to increase your vehicle’s performance and fuel efficiency while also slowing climate change through reduced greenhouse gas...

October 27, 2016
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“Witchgrass” Switchgrass: A Feedstock for Future Flights
You might think it would take a Halloween trick to transform grasses, corn husks, and other plants and organic waste into fuel you can use to power...
October 24, 2016
Aerial photograph of the company’s algae test ponds in Kauai, Hawaii. | Photo courtesy of Global Algae Innovations, Inc.
Algae Hard at Work in Hawaii

The beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii, is known for its pristine beaches and dramatic mountain ranges. But Kauai is not just a vacation spot; it is...

October 19, 2016
Bioenergy: Renewable, Sustainable, Attainable
Happy Bioenergy Day! Today, bioenergy organizations across North America are celebrating the benefits of bioenergy by holding events and open house
October 14, 2016
Renewing Forests in Colorado: Opportunities for Bioenergy
Decomposition of dead trees occurs naturally and is healthy for a forest ecosystem. However, too many dead trees makes the region prone to forest f...
October 5, 2016
Innovations are moving the bioenergy industry forward. Photos courtesy of Virgin Atlantic (left), Sapphire Energy, Inc. (center), and DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant (right). Watch the video <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9HONJ0g9Dc" target="_blank">Bioenergy Innovation</a> to hear bioenergy researchers explain what “bioenergy innovation” means to them.
3 Breakthroughs Show How Bioenergy Innovations are Energizing the Energy Landscape

Learn about three bioenergy innovations that are helping to provide Americans with sustainable, renewable energy and alternatives to fossil fuels...

September 23, 2016
Engineer studies modification of algae for biofuel production. | Photo courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories
What’s in Your Algae Toolbox?
Across the nation, scientists are on a mission to produce affordable and sustainable biofuels and products from algae, including jet fuel and plast...
August 30, 2016
The Algae Technology Education Consortium (ATEC) is developing opportunities for education and training for next-generation jobs in the algal industry. | <em>Photo courtesy of ATEC</em>
Algae Education Helping Grow Jobs of the Future

Algae are coming out of the pond and into the classroom, thanks to the significant efforts of the Algae Technology Education Consortium (ATEC) this...

August 24, 2016
A trio of images showing the end uses of biofuel production, including an image of an airplane representing aviation, a Naval aircraft carrier and a scientist holding up an eye dropper in a laboratory.
Who Needs Biofuels? Cost-Competitive Renewable Fuels are in Demand
A large part of the solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector could be uniquely filled by biofuels and bioproducts.
August 17, 2016
A new White House report outlines the federal government’s plans to lower the cost of alternative jet fuel. | Photo courtesy of Flickr user <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/44082489@N00/7762037662/">H. Michael Miley </a> via <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode">Creative Commons</a>.
Charting A Path for Sustainable Jet Fuels

A new White House report outlines the federal government’s plans to lower the cost of alternative jet fuel.

August 11, 2016
In June 2015, United Airlines announced a partnership with biofuel company Fulcrum BioEnergy to invest in future commercial-scale aviation biofuel plants. The company’s innovative technology converts household trash into low-cost, sustainable aviation biofuel. This investment adds to their agreement to purchase up to 15 million gallons of sustainable aviation biofuel from AltAir, over a three-year period. | <em>Photo courtesy of United Airlines</em>
Changing the Way We Fly: Renewable Jet Fuels Made from Waste Gases Reaching New Heights with Airline Industry

Booking a flight soon? You may be leaving on a plane powered by renewable jet fuel that was made from industrial waste gases.

August 5, 2016
2016 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Winning Team: (From left to right) Maria Zeitlin (advisor), Lexington Zografakis, Sydney Bracht, and Sidney Davis were recognized by Jonathan Male, Director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office. The team and their advisor from Smithtown High School East in St. James, New York, were recognized at the Bioenergy 2016 conference for their winning infographic “Cellulosic Ethanol: Fuel of the Future.”
Winning BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Students Recognized in Washington, D.C.

A team of students from New York were recognized in Washington, D.C., as the winners of the first national run of the BioenergizeME Infographic...

July 6, 2016
Come to Bioenergy 2016 to Support Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation
This summer, we’ll be gathering for our conference, Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation, on July 12–14, at the Walter ...
June 30, 2016
First-Ever Sustainable Transportation Summit to Talk Future of Transportation, Energy, and Mobility

The inaugural 2016 Sustainable Transportation Summit will serve as a forum to share ideas and perspectives on opportunities to accelerate the...

June 27, 2016
The just-released 2016 National Algal Biofuels Technology Review captures the exciting achievements of the field of algal biofuels, as well as articulates new challenges, lessons learned, and critical next steps. | Photo courtesy of Sapphire, Las Cruces
Release of the 2016 National Algal Biofuels Technology Review Charts Path Forward for Algae

The 2016 National Algal Biofuels Technology Review, which was just released today, captures the exciting achievements of the field of algal...

June 8, 2016
Energy crops planted for use at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The Energy Department hosted a five-day Bioenergy Study Tour of the southeastern United States to highlight innovations that are bringing the region one step closer to a sustainable bioenergy industry.| Photos courtesy of DOE
Take a Tour of the Bioenergy Ecosystem in the Southeastern U.S.

The Energy Department's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) works to enable a sustainable bioenergy industry that protects natural resources and...

May 4, 2016
As part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines initiative, researchers are exploring synergies among new bio-based fuels, engines, powertrains, and fueling infrastructure. Image by Loren Stacks, Sandia National Laboratories
Co-Optimized Fuel-Engine Systems to Transform Our Nation’s Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) recent Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines Initiative (Co-Optima) seeks to combine previously independent...

April 28, 2016
Non-food biomass such as the crop residue (the leftover material from crops like stalks, leaves, and husks of corn plants following harvest) pictured above can be converted to biofuels as well as high-value products such as plastics, chemicals, and fertilizers.
Integrating the Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts

A new biomass production strategy offers a more efficient, cost-effective, and integrated approach to the utilization of our nation’s biomass...

April 27, 2016
Rice hulls and other samples used for demonstrating the capabilities of the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Rapid Biomass Analysis System. Researchers have found a way to produce silicon structures for lithium-ion batteries using rice husks. | Photo courtesy of NREL
From Rice Paddies to the Road: Transforming Rice Husks into Lithium-ion Anodes for Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Through a project supported by the Energy Department’s Vehicle Technologies Office, researchers at Stanford University have been able to produce...