On July 12–14, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host its ninth annual conference—Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation. Partnering with the Clean Energy Research and Education Foundation (CEREF), this year's conference will focus on opportunities to grow future feedstock supplies and breakthrough technology barriers to achieve a stronger bioeconomy.
Cellulosic biomass—the fibrous, non-edible part of plants—is an abundant domestic resource that can potentially provide a renewable feedstock for advanced biofuels. A key component to producing market-competitive cellulosic biofuels lies in developing more efficient and cost-effective ways to convert biomass into fuel. Advances in synthetic biology—which involves engineering biological systems for new uses—can offer innovative solutions to improve these processes.
From its big screen premier at Bioenergy 2015: Opportunities in a Changing Energy Landscape, “Sustainability in Bioenergy: A Nation Connected” is a short documentary film highlighting personal stories and the efforts being made by communities across the United States to develop, produce, and provide bioenergy, while ensuring it is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.
How much do you know about bioenergy, how it is produced, and what it is used for, and how it cam help the economy and our environment? Take our bioenergy quiz to find out.
The Bioenergy KDF supports the development of a sustainable bioenergy industry by providing access to a variety of data sets, publications, and collaboration and mapping tools that support bioenergy research, analysis, and decision making.