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The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) successes in developing sustainable, cost-competitive biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower translate into clean, affordable fuels for the cars and trucks of today and tomorrow, and products and power that can help reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Explore EERE's bioenergy success stories below.

March 21, 2019
A worker walks through a bioceconomy plant.
Iowa Creates a Biomass Conversion Action Plan for State's Bioeconomy
Implementing a state energy plan can help ensure that a state is doing everything economically feasible to manage energy consumption and reduce energy
June 20, 2018
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EERE Success Story—From Breakfast to Biocrude: Study Identifies Production Potential across Nation
Researchers look at wastewater sludge; animal manure; food waste; and fats, oil and grease as sources for the production of biofuel
January 9, 2018
EERE Success Story—Archer Daniels Midland Partners with PNNL to Become a Leading Producer of Biobased Propylene Glycol
With the help of PNNL, Archer Daniels Midland is a leading producer of Biobased Propylene Glycol.
August 24, 2017
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EERE Success Story—Artificial Intelligence-Based Control System Improves Biomass Preprocessing
Researchers have successfully tested an intelligence-based control system that increased the reliability of feedstock preprocessing equipment.
July 18, 2017
EERE Success Story—New Membrane Technology Will Improve Efficiency of Biofuel Production
A new class of porous membranes developed by ORNL show potential for increasing production speeds and improving the quality of bioproducts.
May 5, 2017
The Algae Technology Education Consortium (ATEC) is developing opportunities for education and training for next-generation jobs in the bioeconomy. | Photo courtesy of ATEC
EERE Success Story—New Algae Degree Program Passes Its First Semester
The Algae Technology Education Consortium (ATEC), a collaboration among the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Algae Foundation, universitie...
January 5, 2017
Cleaning up nutrients from surface waters while growing biomass for biofuel production. Photos Courtesy | Sandia National Laboratories
EERE Success Story—Double-Win “Algal Turf Scrubbers” Help to Clean Up Baltimore Harbor and Fuel Cars
Algae absorb nutrients and produce oxygen—ecosystem services that are vital to the health of impaired water bodies like the Chesapeake Bay and Gu...
October 27, 2016
Aerial photograph of the company’s algae test ponds in Kauai, Hawaii. | Photo courtesy of Global Algae Innovations, Inc.
EERE Success Story—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...

August 22, 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 municipal solid waste (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. Photo courtesy of United Airlines.
EERE Success Story—Aviation Biofuel Milestone Reached: 5 Gallons of Jet Fuel Produced from Industrial Waste Gasses
EERE Success Story—Aviation Biofuel Milestone Reached: 5 Gallons of Jet Fuel Produced from Industrial Waste Gasses
February 10, 2016
EERE Success Story—EERE National Laboratories’ Inventions Take Home Nine R&D 100 Awards
The 53rd R&D 100 Awards ceremony took place at the end of 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Going all the way back to 1963, these prestigious awards have ...
January 27, 2016
Dr. Chaitanya Narula led analysis of an Oak Ride National Laboratory biofuel-to-hydrocarbon conversion technology to explain the underlying process. Photo courtesy Oak Ride National Laboratory.
EERE Success Story—Ethanol-to-Hydrocarbon Technology Moves Closer to Commercialization
EERE Success Story—Ethanol-to-Hydrocarbon Technology Moves Closer to Commercialization
January 22, 2016
EERE Success Story—Pilot Plant Completes Two 1,000-Hour Ethanol Performance Runs

ICM Inc. announced successful completion of two 1,000-hour performance runs of its patent-pending Generation 2.0 Co-Located Cellulosic Ethanol...

November 30, 2015
The DuPont cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa, will produce about 30 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year. Photo courtesy of DuPont.
EERE Success Story—Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in the World Opened in October
EERE Success Story—Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in the World Opened in October
November 12, 2015
Wood waste such as this is frequently used to produce sustainable energy. Spero Energy, started by researchers at Purdue University, has created a cost effective process that converts sustainable wood sources into chemicals that improve the production of biofuels. | Photo by National Renewable Energy Laboratory
EERE Success Story—Biofuels and Barbecue Chips: Small Business Develops Process to Create Versatile Chemicals
EERE Success Story—Biofuels and Barbecue Chips: Small Business Develops Process to Create Versatile Chemicals
November 10, 2015
Kelderman Shelf-Loading Trailer | Photo Courtesy: Kelderman Manufacturing
EERE Success Story—Energy Department Harvesting Technology Goes Commercial
EERE Success Story—Energy Department Harvesting Technology Goes Commercial
October 21, 2015
EERE Success Story—Algenol Announces Commercial Algal Ethanol Fuel Partnership

U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) partner Algenol signed an agreement with Protec Fuel to market and distribute...

October 20, 2015
EERE Success Story—BETO Project Improves Production of Renewable Chemical from Cellulosic Feedstocks
EERE Success Story—BETO Project Improves Production of Renewable Chemical from Cellulosic Feedstocks
October 19, 2015
Ryan Davis and Sandia National Laboratories colleagues have developed a method to recycle critical and costly algae cultivation nutrients phosphate and nitrogen. Photo by Dino Vournas.
EERE Success Story—Sandia Algae Researchers Cut Costs with Improved Nutrient Recycling
EERE Success Story—Sandia Algae Researchers Cut Costs with Improved Nutrient Recycling
May 19, 2015
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EERE Success Story—Bioenergy Technologies Office R&D with University of California San Diego Results in First Algae Surfboard
EERE Success Story—Bioenergy Technologies Office R&D with University of California San Diego Results in First Algae Surfboard
May 12, 2015
EERE Success Story—Milestone Reached: New Process Reduces Cost and Risk of Biofuel Production from Bio-Oil Upgrading
EERE Success Story—Milestone Reached: New Process Reduces Cost and Risk of Biofuel Production from Bio-Oil Upgrading
April 14, 2015
Fermenter used in the scale-up of malonic acid. Credit: Roy Kaltschmidt/Berkeley Lab
EERE Success Story—Versatile and Renewable: Malonic Acid, It’s in Everything
EERE Success Story—Versatile and Renewable: Malonic Acid, It’s in Everything
January 30, 2015
EERE Success Story—Departments of Energy, Navy, and Agriculture Invest $210 million in Three Commercial Biorefineries to Produce Drop-i...
Departments of Energy, Navy, and Agriculture Invest $210 million in Three Commercial Biorefineries to Produce Drop-in Biofuel for the Military
June 3, 2014
EERE Success Story—Ionic Liquid Pretreatment Process for Biomass Is Successfully Implemented at Larger Scale
DOE-funded researchers have shown that a new, highly effective pretreatment process used in the production of biofuel can be executed at a larger s...
May 28, 2014
EERE Success Story—DOE-Funded Research on Bacterial Enzyme Could Lead to Cheaper Biofuel
A microorganism found in heated freshwater pools may hold the key to more efficient, cost-effective biofuel production.
January 31, 2014
EERE Success Story—California and New Mexico: Sapphire Energy Advances the Commercialization of Algae Crude Oil
The Sapphire Green Crude Farm is the first algae-to-energy facility. If adopted and commercialized by other refineries, this algae-based crude oil ...