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The Bioenergy Technologies Office’s research and development efforts include programs in Advanced Algal Systems; Aviation Fuels; Bioproduct Production; CO2 Utilization, and Storage; Conversion Technologies; Data, Modeling, and Analysis; Feedstock Technologies; Systems Development and Integration, and Waste-to-Energy.

Commercial production-scale algae cultivation ponds.

The Advanced Algal Systems program supports research and development (R&D) to lower the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. Learn more >>

A Navy plan in flight.

BETO is advancing alternative jet biofuels through research and development in the areas of feedstocks and fuel conversion and scale-up. Learn more >>

Common products developed from petrochemicals supplemented or developed with biomass feedstocks, including nutritional supplements, plastic building blocks, water bottles, detergents, carbon fiber, and cosmetics and perfume.

The Bioproduct Production program develops bio-based products and chemicals that can enable biofuel production. Learn more >>

A power plant with smokestacks.

The CO2 Utilization portfolio investigates technical pathways for converting carbon dioxide into biofuels and bioproducts. Learn more >>

Close-up of a hand holding a small test tube.

The Conversion Technologies program supports research and development in technologies for converting biomass feedstocks into finished liquid transportation fuels—such as renewable gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel—co-products or chemical intermediates, and biopower. Learn more >>

Researchers discuss the CatCost Catalytic Materials estimation tool in front of a large screen.

The Data, Modeling, and Analysis program supports research, analysis, and tool development to address the economic and environmental dimensions of bioenergy and bioproducts. Learn more >>

Chopped and ground switchgrass.

The Feedstock Technologies program focuses on technologies and processes that transform renewable carbon sources into conversion-ready feedstocks. Learn more >>

Aerial view of POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY biorefinery in Emmetsburg, Iowa.

The Systems Development and Integration program works to lower the risk of bioenergy production technologies through verified proof of performance at the pilot or lower scales, facilitating further development and validation at demonstration and pioneer scales by private stakeholders. Learn more >>

DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Research on converting waste to energy as potential high-impact resources for the domestic production of biofuels, bioproduct precursors, heat, and electricity. Learn more >>