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April 12, 2016
Improving Access to Energy-Rich Sugars. Ning Sun is part of a team of researchers in the Energy Department's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) Deconstruction Division exploring methods to pretreat biomass. | Image courtesy of JBEI
Harnessing Biotechnology to Accelerate Advanced Biofuels Production

Advances in synthetic biology—which involves engineering biological systems for new uses—can offer innovative solutions to improve advanced biofuel...

March 22, 2016
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Energy Department Charting New Future for Wastewater Treatment

It will cost about $600 billion over the next 20 years to continue reliably transporting and treating wastewater, according to the Environmental...

February 24, 2016
Researchers take laser-based velocity measurements at the Sandia National Laboratory's Combustion Research Facility. The measurements are used to help understand the flow features involved in the creation of in-cylinder carbon monoxide distributions in order to improve automotive diesel engines. | Photo by Randy Wong, Sandia National Laboratory
New Vehicle Initiative Aims to Make Fuel and Engines Work Together More Efficiently

Recently I had the pleasure of briefing members of Congress on EERE’s groundbreaking fuel-engine co-optimization initiative. The new, multi-year...

February 22, 2016
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Federal Agencies Outline Bioeconomy Vision and Current Activities

This week at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Chief Scientist, Dr. Catherine Woteki,...

December 18, 2015
Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant | New York City Department of Environmental Protection
One Year Down the Road of Biogas Industry Development
Over the past year, the Energy Department, EPA, and USDA have worked collaboratively and with the private sector to develop the biogas industry.
November 20, 2015
DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Nevada, Iowa, opened on October 30, 2015. | Photo courtesy of DuPont
DuPont’s Cellulosic Ethanol Grand Opening Marks a Milestone for the Advanced Biofuels Industry

On a bright, crisp October morning in Iowa, I had the privilege to speak at the grand opening of DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol biorefinery—the fourth...

October 30, 2015
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Night of the Living Trash: Bringing Your Waste Back to Life

This Halloween season, the U.S. Department of Energy’s  Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is highlighting how waste can be “brought back to life...

October 28, 2015
The Landscape Environmental Assessment Framework (LEAF), the Water Assessment for Transportation Energy Resources (WATER), and the Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model are three tools that are enabling an environmentally beneficial biofuels industry.
Three Sustainability Tools are Enhancing Environmental Benefits of Biofuels
The Water Assessment for Transportation Energy Resources, developed at Argonne National Laboratory, is a tool to estimate the water consumption.
October 22, 2015
A tanker picks up gasoline from the biorefinery. | Photo courtesy The Gas Technology Institute
Woody Biomass Converted to Gasoline by Five-Company Team

An international consortium of five companies and organizations came together in a joint effort to transform woody biomass, including trees and...

October 13, 2015
<i>Plastic water bottles are among the products that some companies are now producing with bio-based chemicals instead of fossil fuels. The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is researching ways that bioproducts can improve the economics of new types of biofuels. | Photo courtesy of Quinn Dombrowski, Flickr creative commons license.</i>
Plant Products a Growing Research Area
For every barrel of crude oil used in the United States, 16% goes toward making products.
September 24, 2015
A team of high school students designed this infographic about cellulosic ethanol. View the entire infographic from the <a href="http://energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergizeme-infographic-challenge-cellulosic-ethanol">Bioenergy Technologies Office website</a>.
Students Recognized in Washington, D.C. for their Winning Bioenergy Infographic

A team of five freshmen from Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design in Brooklyn, New York—designed an infographic on the benefits of...

August 13, 2015
8 Questions for a Scientist: Molecular Biologist Dr. Amanda Barry
8 Questions for a Scientist: Molecular Biologist Dr. Amanda Barry

We chatted with one of the Energy Department's leading molecular biologists, Dr. Amanda Barry, who is working to create biofuels from algae at Los...

July 29, 2015
3 Reasons We’re Closer to an Algae Future than You Think
3 Reasons We’re Closer to an Algae Future than You Think

Algae shows great potential as a homegrown and renewable fuel source. Here's why it will be a big part of our nation’s energy mix sooner than you...

June 26, 2015
Farmer Bruce Nelson and a representative from biofuels company POET-DSM stand between square and round bales of corn stover stock piled outside of POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY cellulosic ethanol biorefinery. Selling the corn plant residue after their corn harvest has generated a new revenue stream for many farmers, including Bruce. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU0Cu45cLT4" target="_blank">Watch a video segment</a> about Bruce’s story at the beginning of the film “Bioenergy: America’s Energy Future.”
EERE Energy Impacts: Biorefineries Give Local Farmers Opportunities for Additional Income

Selling corn stover—the non-edible corn stalks, husks, and leaves of a corn plant—after the corn harvest has generated a new revenue stream for...

June 24, 2015
Sustainable Transportation Day Drives Innovation Forward

Energy Department technology Offices showcase how EERE’s strategic investments in sustainable transportation technologies are improving vehicle...

June 3, 2015
Seizing our Bioenergy Opportunities in a Changing Energy Landscape

At the Bioenergy Technologies Office, we’re working with public and private partners to develop an industry of advanced biofuels and bioproducts...

May 22, 2015
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Test Your Energy Knowledge with Our Bioenergy Quiz

We are very excited to announce our first ever bioenergy quiz—an online, interactive tool that’s both enlightening and entertaining! Interested in...

April 13, 2015
The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office engages with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on many projects, including guidance on the proper removal of corn stover (non-edible corn husks, stalks, and leaves) from the field when it is used for cellulosic ethanol and other advanced biofuel production. A corn stover bale is pictured here.
Smart Federal Partnerships Build Our Biofuels Future

I was honored to speak at the Agricultural Outlook Forum this spring, hosted by our friends at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This year...

March 31, 2015
Preparing the Next Generation of Bioenergy Leaders
Preparing the Next Generation of Bioenergy Leaders
Engaging and supporting the next generation of renewable energy researchers and innovators is one of the important roles we play.
March 17, 2015
AGCO Project: AGCO Corporation’s Single-Pass Combination Harvester
Five Harvesting Technologies are Making Biofuels More Competitive in the Marketplace

It may look like ordinary farm equipment, but take a second look. This innovative machinery was developed with Energy Department funding to help...

January 29, 2015
Biofuels are produced in a biorefinery (bottom left) from feedstocks such as corn stover (bottom right) and switchgrass (top left).
Energy Department Helping Lower Biofuel Costs for the Nation

U.S. gasoline prices are currently at their lowest point since 2009, saving you money at the pump. The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies...

November 10, 2014
The EERE-funded Solar Thermochemical Advanced Reactor System converts natural gas and sunlight into a more energy-rich fuel called syngas, which power plants can burn to make electricity.
Six EERE-funded projects recognized with R&D 100 Awards

Widely recognized as the “Oscars of Invention,” the 52nd R&D 100 Awards ceremony took place last week. These awards identify and honor major...

October 31, 2014
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Cornstalks Aren't Just for Scarecrows Anymore

For years, farmers have been using cornstalks to make scarecrows, preventing crows and other predators from destroying their crops. This fall, the...

October 17, 2014
Secretary Moniz (center) tours the Abengoa Biorefinery in Hugoton, Kansas.| Photo Courtesy of Abengoa.
The Journey to Commercializing Cellulosic Biofuels in the United States

In Hugoton, Kansas, a state-of-the-art biorefinery has begun producing 25 million gallons per year of cellulosic ethanol.

October 2, 2014
DOE, USDA, and Navy are working with private industry to produce advanced drop-in biofuels that can be used by the Department of Defense and the private transportation sector. | Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.
Energy Department Joins Agriculture and Navy in the Fight for Clean Energy Transportation

Earlier this month, on September 19, 2014, Energy Department (DOE) Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman joined Secretary Tom Vilsack of the Department...