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May 22, 2015
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Test Your Energy Knowledge with Our Bioenergy Quiz

We are very excited to announce our first ever bioenergy quiz—an online, interactive tool that’s both enlightening and entertaining! Interested in participating? Just click the link in the photo above and let the game begin.

April 23, 2015
Surfing into the Future
World’s First Algae Surfboard Makes Waves in San Diego

Energy Department-funded scientists at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) California Center for Algae Biotechnology have successfully demonstrated a uniquely Californian solution to replacing fossil fuels—surfboards made from algae.

April 13, 2015
The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office engages with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on many projects, including guidance on the proper removal of corn stover (non-edible corn husks, stalks, and leaves) from the field when it is used for cellulosic ethanol and other advanced biofuel production. A corn stover bale is pictured here.
Smart Federal Partnerships Build Our Biofuels Future

I was honored to speak at the Agricultural Outlook Forum this spring, hosted by our friends at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This year’s theme was “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century.” The smart solution when it comes to establishing a bioeconomy—renewable, biomass resources as a solid part of our nation’s energy mix—is working together.

March 31, 2015
Preparing the Next Generation of Bioenergy Leaders

Engaging and supporting the next generation of renewable energy researchers and innovators is one of the important roles the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) plays in advancing bioenergy and biofuels. BETO provides numerous resources from biomass basics to information about lesson plans and tools for educators. Our materials are suitable for K–12 students, undergraduates and graduates, scientists and engineers, high school teachers and college professors, and anyone interested in learning about the future of energy.

March 17, 2015
AGCO Project: AGCO Corporation’s Single-Pass Combination Harvester
Five Harvesting Technologies are Making Biofuels More Competitive in the Marketplace

It may look like ordinary farm equipment, but take a second look. This innovative machinery was developed with Energy Department funding to help biofuels become more affordable. Looking more closely at this image and accompanying infographic, you can see that this combination harvester both harvests and bales corn cobs, husks, stalks, and residue all in one step. Its purpose is to save the time and money required to harvest corn stover feedstock for biofuel production, ultimately helping make biofuel from non-food sources cost-competitive with petroleum gasoline.

January 29, 2015
Biofuels are produced in a biorefinery (bottom left) from feedstocks such as corn stover (bottom right) and switchgrass (top left).
Energy Department Helping Lower Biofuel Costs for the Nation

U.S. gasoline prices are currently at their lowest point since 2009, saving you money at the pump. The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is looking beyond current gas prices and working to lower the cost of biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol—which can be blended with gasoline—and “drop-in” hydrocarbon fuels—which can directly replace gasoline.

November 10, 2014
The EERE-funded Solar Thermochemical Advanced Reactor System converts natural gas and sunlight into a more energy-rich fuel called syngas, which power plants can burn to make electricity.
Six EERE-funded projects recognized with R&D 100 Awards

Widely recognized as the “Oscars of Invention,” the 52nd R&D 100 Awards ceremony took place last week. These awards identify and honor major technological breakthroughs each year. The categories cover industry, academia, and government research. This year, EERE-funded projects won six awards across four of our technology areas: Bioenergy, Fuel Cells/Solar, and Vehicles.

October 31, 2014
Graphic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Turn Your Halloween Pumpkins Into Power

It might not be long before the 1.1. billion pounds of pumpkins produced annually in the U.S. are as important for our energy security as they are for Halloween.

October 31, 2014
Bioenergy Blog
Cornstalks Aren't Just for Scarecrows Anymore

For years, farmers have been using cornstalks to make scarecrows, preventing crows and other predators from destroying their crops. This fall, the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is using cornstalks for a different purpose—bioenergy production.

October 17, 2014
Secretary Moniz (center) tours the Abengoa Biorefinery in Hugoton, Kansas.| Photo Courtesy of Abengoa.
The Journey to Commercializing Cellulosic Biofuels in the United States

In Hugoton, Kansas, a state-of-the-art biorefinery has begun producing 25 million gallons per year of cellulosic ethanol.

October 2, 2014
DOE, USDA, and Navy are working with private industry to produce advanced drop-in biofuels that can be used by the Department of Defense and the private transportation sector. | Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.
Energy Department Joins Agriculture and Navy in the Fight for Clean Energy Transportation

Earlier this month, on September 19, 2014, Energy Department (DOE) Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman joined Secretary Tom Vilsack of the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Secretary Ray Mabus of the Department of Navy (Navy) to announce three projects that will produce renewable jet and diesel for the military. DOE, USDA, and Navy are working with private industry to produce advanced drop-in biofuels that can be used by the Department of Defense and the private transportation sector.

September 3, 2014
Four Cellulosic Ethanol Breakthroughs

Today, the nation's first ever commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefinery to use corn waste as a feedstock officially opened for business in Emmetsburg, Iowa. POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY is the second of two Energy Department-funded cellulosic ethanol biorefineries to come on line within the past year. Learn more about how the Energy Department is helping the nation reduce its dependence on foreign oil and move the clean energy economy forward.

August 12, 2014
Catherine Woteki (from left), Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture; David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Steve Csonka, Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative; Jim Hileman, Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Environment, Federal Aviation Agency; stand together at Biomass 2014 in Washington, D.C., where the Energy Department announced it is joining Farm to Fly 2.0. | Energy Department photo
Farm to Fly 2.0: Energy Department Joins Initiative to Bring Biofuels to the Skies

The United States airline industry uses 23 billion gallons of fuels on passenger and cargo airlines annually, and globally, the international airline industry was the source of 777 million tons of carbon emissions in 2013.

July 25, 2014
The biomass industry has about a $100 billion direct and indirect impact on the U.S. economy today. | Photo courtesy of Myriant
Biomass Fueling America’s Growing Clean Energy Economy

Biomass is the most abundant biological material on the planet. It is renewable; it grows almost everywhere; and it provides fuel, power, chemicals, and many other products. Find out how biomass is helping grow America's clean energy economy.

July 16, 2014
Many fields of study can lead to a career in the bioenergy industry.
Educated and Equipped: Jump-Start Your Career in the Bioenergy Industry

Are you a recent college graduate looking to jump-start your career? Whether you majored in engineering or English, science or political science, business or biology, there are numerous opportunities to use your skills and education in the emerging bioenergy industry.

July 14, 2014
Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy

Register for Biomass 2014 today and don’t miss your chance to take part in this important event that will help move the nation to a more secure, sustainable, and economically sound future.

May 28, 2014
Imagine Tomorrow: Student Competition Leads to Innovative Biofuel Ideas

For this year’s Imagine Tomorrow competition, the Bioenergy Technologies Office will select a student team to present their idea and project at the Biomass 2014 conference in July. Learn more about the competition, which will take place this weekend at Washington State University.

May 16, 2014
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
Biofuels and Barbecue Chips: Small Business Develops Process to Create Versatile Chemicals

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 and are used in the flavor and fragrance industry.

January 10, 2014
Making Algal Biofuel Production More Efficient, Less Expensive

Tiny algae can play a big role in tackling America's energy challenges. Recent scientific breakthroughs and projects, funded by the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, have resulted in a number of advancements that are helping make algal biofuel more cost competitive and widely available.

December 16, 2013
The Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado enables partners to test conversion technologies on up to one ton of biomass material a day.  | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
From the Lab to Your Gas Tank: 4 Bioenergy Testing Facilities That Are Making a Difference

The Energy Department is working to cut the cost of biofuel production by supporting advanced development and demonstration facilities throughout the country that enable researchers to fully examine their efforts on a large scale without having to maintain an expensive pilot plant.

November 6, 2013
National Renewable Energy Laboratory researcher Lee Elliott collects samples of algae at a creek in Golden, Colorado. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Top Five Things You Should Know About Algae

Find out how algae can be used to create cost-competitive and high-performance biofuels.

October 30, 2013
This graphic shows how seasonal waste can be used to generate power. | Graphic by BCS for the Energy Department
Reducing Waste and Harvesting Energy This Halloween

This Halloween, think of turning seasonal waste -- including pumpkins, hay and leaves -- to energy as a very important “trick” that can have a positive environmental impact.

October 21, 2013
Learn how combined heat and power could strengthen U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, lower energy consumption and reduce harmful emissions. | Infographic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Combined Heat and Power

Combined heat and power could help U.S. manufacturers save money, lower their energy consumption and reduce harmful emissions. Find out more about this type of energy-efficient power generation.

September 30, 2013
A researcher loads a biomass sample into spinning ring cup. Argonne National Laboratory has launched two online tools that assess the resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with biofuel production. | Photo courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Argonne National Laboratory Launches Bioenergy Assessment Tools

Argonne National Laboratory, in partnership with the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, has released two online tools to assess the resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with biofuel production.

August 1, 2013
Secretary Moniz: Biofuels Important to America's Energy Future

Watch the video of Secretary Moniz speaking about the importance of investing in biofuels to combat the effects of climate change and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.