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December 12, 2011
John Ferrell (center -- 4th from left) participates in a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the grand opening of a cellulosic ethanol demonstration facility in Tennessee. | Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess.
Biomass for the Nation: How One Energy Department Expert Has Helped Lead the Way

A look at one Energy Department employee's impact on the biofuels industry.

December 12, 2011
Rajit Sapar analyzes samples at the Joint BioEnergy Institute's lab. | Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
Researchers Borrow From Fir Tree to Create Biodiesel

Researchers at the Office of Science’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have tapped an unlikely source to help create a renewable alternative to diesel fuel.

December 12, 2011
Dr. Riccardo Signorelli, CEO of FastCAP Systems meets with Secretary Chu. Signorelli founded a startup focused on researching and developing carbon nanotube ultracapacitors and was chosen by <i> Technology Review </i>  as a "35 Under 35" innovator along with Foro Energy's Dr. Joel Moxely (another ARPA-E performer). | Courtesy of ARPA-E.
Technology Review's "35 under 35" Recognizes Two ARPA-E Performers

In the rapidly changing world of science and technology, it appears that age really is just a number -- and today’s innovators are getting younger and younger. Technology Review, a magazine published by MIT, annually recognizes the world’s top innovators under the age of 35 -- and not surprisingly, this year's winners include two ARPA-E performers.

December 9, 2011
FDC Enterprise’s Feedstock Logistics award has developed a single pass harvester, which is shown gathering corn stover and feeding it into the baler. Thanks to strategic modifications to the harvester, tightly packed, large square bales emerge from the rear of the baler and are gently lowered to the ground in pairs while the baler continues its job. | Department of Energy Photo.
What in the World Are "Feedstock Logistics"?

What we're doing to improve how biomass feedstocks get from the field to the refinery.

December 8, 2011
Rebuilding the American Auto Industry

The Administration made strategic investments to help U.S. auto manufacturers retool to produce the hybrid, electric, and highly fuel efficient advanced vehicles of the future. With the help of these investments -- and the incredible talent and commitment of America's auto workers -- the auto industry is growing again.

December 8, 2011
An aerial view of Rentech's Product Demonstration Unit (PDU) in Commerce City, Colorado. | Photo courtesy of Rentech.
Drop-in Biofuels Take Flight in Commerce City, Colorado

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy works in partnership with industry to develop, build, operate and validate integrated biorefineries across the country at various scales (pilot, demonstration, and commercial). One such project, led by ClearFuels-Rentech, recently celebrated the completion of a pilot-scale, biorefinery in Commerce City, Colorado.

December 7, 2011
Downtown Smyrna, Georgia, a town that's poised to see big savings thanks to their investment in biodiesel. | Photo by Ken Cook
Atlanta Suburb Greases the Path to Savings with Biodiesel

A community of 51,000 located just northwest of Atlanta, Smyrna will soon begin producing biodiesel made primarily from used cooking oil in order to cut fuel costs and reduce fossil fuel consumption.

December 6, 2011
Strains of E. coli bacteria were engineered to digest switchgrass biomass and synthesize its sugars into gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. | Image courtesy of Berkeley Lab.
Advanced Biofuels: How Scientists are Engineering Bacteria to Help Drive America

Researchers at the Energy Department's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have engineered the first strains of the bacteria to digest switchgrass biomass and synthesize its sugars into all three types of transportation fuels -- gasoline, diesel and jet fuels.

December 5, 2011
Fueling the Navy's Great Green Fleet with Advanced Biofuels

From transporting the oil necessary to fuel jets and vehicles to supplying battery packs to infantry, energy plays a central role in almost everything the U.S. military does. Because of this reliance, it’s imperative that the military cultivate energy sources that are not subject to the whims of outside nations. While renewables like solar are playing a large role in this effort, advanced biofuels produced domestically are rapidly becoming another choice for transportation fuel.

December 1, 2011
Baldor Specialty Foods relies on fuel cell technology from Oorja Protonics to power lift-trucks like the one pictured above, refueling takes less than one minute | Photo Courtesy of Oorja Protonics.
Fuel Cell Lift Trucks: A Grocer's Best Friend

How fuel cell powered lift trucks are helping companies like Baldor Specialty Foods ensure that their customers have access to the freshest seasonal produce.