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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.

July 1, 2013
 Wellington Muchero is a quantitative geneticist at the Bioenergy Science Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. | Photo by Jason Richards, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
10 Questions for a Quantitative Geneticist: Wellington Muchero

When Wellington Muchero got a part-time job in a plant molecular biology lab as a college student, there was no turning back. Learn how this quantitative geneticist advances breakthroughs in biofuels production in the latest "10 Questions."

September 5, 2012
Energy 101 | Algae-to-Fuel

A behind-the-scenes video of how oil from algae is extracted and refined to create clean, renewable transportation fuel.

December 16, 2011
Join us live today at 1 PM EST for a discussion on advanced biofuels | Photo courtesy of FDC Logistics.
TODAY: Advanced Biofuels Q&A with Dr. Valerie Reed

Over the past two weeks, we’ve featured a number of stories about how advanced biofuels are strengthening our national security and creating economic opportunities across the country. Today, we want to hear from you as we host a live Twitter Q&A on biofuels with Dr. Valerie Reed, Acting Manager of the Biomass Program – starting at 1 PM EST this afternoon.