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May 21, 2020
2 researchers looking at a ozone concentration in the pretreatment reactor
Positive Results Achieved from NREL's Use of Industry-Relevant Ozone Treatment to Deconstruct Biomass
Bioprose Blog: NREL researchers showed several cost-saving benefits by using a common pulp and paper industry method to breakdown biomass.
May 20, 2020
a photo of a 3d printed leaf
Scientists Develop Plant-Based Materials to Grow Nation’s Bioeconomy
Bioprose Blog: ORNL scientists researched the complexities of lignin structure to develop new bioadvantaged materials.
May 12, 2020
A strain of algae growing in a reactor developed by NREL.
Algae Education and the Future of the Bioeconomy
Bioprose Blog: Learn how the Algae Technology Educational Consortium leads the way toward educating the next generation of bioeconomy professionals.
May 4, 2020
The ABPDU works with industry and academic partners to transform raw materials into sustainable products.
ABPDU Celebrates Successes and its 50th Industry Partner
Bioprose Blog: The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) at Lawrence Berkeley Nationa
April 23, 2020
a photo of a forest with sun peaking through the leaves
Run, Forest, Run—with Biomass
Bioprose Blog: Forests—acres upon acres of fragrant trees huddled closely together, a paradise for hikers, campers, and wildlife alike.
March 24, 2020
Sludge from Metro Vancouver’s wastewater treatment plant has been dewatered prior to conversion to biocrude oil at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Photo Credit: WE&RF
The Secret Sauce: Industry Partnerships Key to Advancing Bio-Based Chemicals and Fuels
Bioprose Blog: Since the dawn of the industrial age, petroleum-based chemicals and fuels have driven countless inventions and products used every day.
March 4, 2020
A scientist adding spent grain to a hydrothermal liquefaction system
PNNL Brews Up Batch of Biocrude Oil
Bioprose Blog: Researchers produced 10 liters of biocrude from 200 kg of low-value, wet, plant-based feedstock.
December 17, 2019
5 researchers, holding a petri dish and a vial with algal samples.
Research Reveals Fast-Growing, Resilient Algal Strain
Bioprose Blog: With their ability to convert carbon dioxide into renewable biomass, microalgae have potential applications in the sustainable...
July 25, 2019
Nanostructured adsorbents can be synthesized in a variety of formats to adapt to recovery processes that function under a variety of conditions and operate at a variety of scales. Photo: Phil Laible, ANL.
ANL Researchers Pioneer Innovative Approach to Recover Bioproducts
Bioprose Blog: Argonne National Laboratory researchers pioneer innovative approach to recover bioproducts.
July 10, 2019
A lab tech working in a lab with a bucket of algae
Solving the Puzzle Surrounding Algae for Biofuels
Bioprose Blog: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory develops new model for analyzing biocrude yield and economics.
June 25, 2019
A photo of a farmer harvesting wheat
Integrated Landscape Management Reduces Biomass Production Costs By 20%
Bioprose Blog: An INL analysis showed that through integrated landscape management, stakeholders could produce biomass at costs 20% lower than...
May 16, 2019
The GREET Model workflow
GREET: The Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation Model
Bioprose Blog: The Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) model is a tool that examines the...
May 8, 2019
Researchers at LBNL perform fermentation process development and scale-up at ABPDU.
ABPDU Leverages State-of-the-Art Facilities with Industry Innovation to Advance Biofuel Technologies
Bioprose Blog: DOE's Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory uses raw materials...
February 21, 2019
(Left to right) Structure based design of an enzyme is used to create a library of diversified genes. Smart microbial cell technology demonstrates the efficiency of enzyme variants by producing a readable fluorescence signal. High throughput screening ena
Lighting the Way to Bioproducts: Smart Microbial Biosensors for Conversion Pathway Design
Bioprose Blog: For several years, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) scientists have been taking advantage of the molecular tools that naturally...
February 6, 2019
A drawn photo of a fish leaping out of a small pond, with trees in the background.
One Fish Model Study Leads to Three Wins for the Environment
Bioprose Blog: PNNL, ORNL, & USFS have been modeling to understand the costs and benefits of thinning forests and the potential for improving habitat.
January 10, 2019
Photo of Amanda Barry inside of an algae lab.
Algae: As Different from Each Other as They Are from You and Me
Bioprose Blog: LANL is developing genetic engineering tools that would allow algae to grow faster and accumulate more biomass for biofuel production.
November 27, 2018
NREL has verified a very efficient gasification process for converting biomass to a high-octane gasoline blendstock.  (Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL)
Fueling the Future: Developing a More Efficient Process for Producing Biobased High-Octane Gasoline
Bioprose Blog: The Bioenergy Technologies Office and National Renewable Energy Laboratory developed a novel process that uses biomass gasification.
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 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 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
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
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