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The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) blog posts are a great source to learn about the progress BETO is making toward its goals to sustainably develop cost-competitive biofuels and bioproducts. 

September 27, 2018
BioEconomy 2018 graphic
Join Us at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioeconomy 2018 at ABLC Global!
Join Us at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioeconomy 2018 at ABLC Global!
March 8, 2018
Neal Yancey and Jaya Tumuluru led research in fractional milling and high-moisture pelleting that together resulted in lower energy usage and a greater than 50% cost reduction in biomass preprocessing.
Idaho Researchers Slash Cost of Providing Biomass for Biofuels Production
Bioprose Blog: Idaho Researchers Slash Cost of Providing Biomass for Biofuels Production
February 22, 2018
Scientists at ANL’s Advanced Photon Source use X-ray spectroscopy to characterize catalysts for converting biomass into fuels.
Catalyst Collaboration: Argonne Accelerates Biofuel Production Technology
Bioprose Blog: Catalyst Collaboration―Argonne Accelerates Biofuel Production Technology
February 20, 2018
Breakthrough Fuels-Engines R&D Offers Dramatic Boost in Fuel Savings, Economy, and Energy Security
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.
February 8, 2018
Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory created a new catalyst production process that doubles the output of renewable BTX, a group of high-value chemicals that can be used to produce a range of everyday items, from soda bottles to tires.
It’s Elemental: Designing the Perfect Biofuel Catalyst
Bioprose Blog: It’s Elemental—Designing the Perfect Biofuel Catalyst
January 24, 2018
Ready, Set, Go! Bioenergy Research Facilities and Industry Run the Relay Race toward Energy Security
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.
January 23, 2018
Collage of images, from left to right: scientist holding vial, bioenergy crop, tires, water bottles.
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
January 11, 2018
BETO supports testing facilities, such as BFNUF, which lead the first leg of early-stage research and development before passing their technological advances on to industry. Industry can then take this technology to the next level in the bioenergy product
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
December 12, 2017
shrub willow, a bioenergy crop
Researchers Find Bioenergy Crops Provide Critical Ecosystem Services
Bioprose Blog: Researchers Find Bioenergy Crops Provide Critical Ecosystem Services
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.
December 4, 2017
Computer Science Education Week
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
November 29, 2017
Two people shaking hands.
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
October 31, 2017
Photo of a witch stirring liquid in a cauldron with the title how to make biofuel.
How to Make Biofuel (Halloween Edition)
Boo! It’s Halloween and the Bioenergy Technologies Office's cauldron is full of biofuel! Here's how it works.
October 25, 2017
A scientist works on equipment inside Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Advanced Biofuels Process Development Unit
4 Emerging Bioenergy Technologies Fueled by the National Labs
Here are four ways the Energy Department's national labs are bringing emerging bioenergy technologies to market.
August 22, 2017
The collaboration between FDC, PGH, and others helped create a new market for energy crops, like switchgrass in Virginia.
Farm to Fuel: Biomass Feeds into Virginia’s Rural Economy
Bioprose Blog: Farm to Fuel: Biomass Feeds into Virginia’s Rural Economy
August 21, 2017
An image with four quadrants showing the different types of jobs within the Bioenergy service sector.
Bioenergy Helps Drive Domestic Economic Growth and Energy Independence
Bioprose Blog: Bioenergy Helps Drive Domestic Economic Growth and Energy Independence
August 18, 2017
6 Commercial Products You Probably Didn’t Know Are Made with Algae: You Probably Ate #3 for Breakfast
Bioprose Blog: 6 Commercial Products You Probably Didn’t Know Are Made with Algae: You Probably Ate #3 for Breakfast
August 17, 2017
Renewable biomass and sustainable jobs. Sustainably produced domestic biomass not only offers the starting material to produce fuels and products for our advanced bioeconomy, it ensures reliable sustainable jobs up and down the supply chain.
Beyond Bioenergy—BETO’s Investments Ensure Our Nation Is Competitive in an Emerging Bioeconomy
Bioprose Blog: Beyond Bioenergy—BETO’s Investments Ensure Our Nation Is Competitive in an Emerging Bioeconomy
August 16, 2017
What You Need To Know About Bioprose
Bioprose Blog: What You Need To Know About Bioprose
July 3, 2017
algae surfboard blog post
Catch Waves with an Algae-Based Surfboard
As you head to the beach this year, you may find some new products at the surf shop, made of bioplastics from algae.
June 26, 2017
5 bioenergy daily uses
5 Everyday Products Made from Biomass: A Few May Surprise You
You likely use products made from biomass—organic plant, algae, and waste material—every day.
June 12, 2017
Researchers growing algae to study how it can be used as a renewable source of food, fuels, and other products.
5 Things You Need to Know about Algae
5 things you should know about algae and why the Energy Department is excited to invest in this "green" technology.
March 7, 2017
Mango Materials' new process is being tested at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit. Photo|Berkeley Lab
New Process Being Tested for Biodegradable Plastics

What if plastic came from renewable resources? Mango Materials has developed a new way of producing plastics that make it biodegradable and...

February 21, 2017
Bioenergy Blog
DOE Lab-Corps Launches the Program's Fifth Class

A new class of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) Lab-Corps pilot launched this week in Denver, Colorado, marking the fifth round of this...

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