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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. 

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
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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
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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
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

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
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...

August 2, 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-Optima Initiative Fuels Combustion Engine Efficiency

The Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative aims to simultaneously transform both transportation fuels and vehicles in order...

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 ...