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Bioenergy Technologies Office

  • 2016 Billion-Ton Report

    Within 25 years, the United States could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for economic, environmental, social, and national security benefits.

  • 2017 Project Peer Review

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting the 2017 Project Peer Review on March 5–10, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. Approximately 90% of projects in BETO’s research, development, and demonstration portfolio will be presented to the public and systematically reviewed by external subject-matter experts from industry, academia, and federal agencies.

  • “Witchgrass” Switchgrass: A Feedstock for Future Flights

    You might think it would take a Halloween trick to transform grasses, corn husks, and other plants and organic waste into fuel you can use to power your car or an airplane. But scientists are already figuring out how to use chemical processes at a biorefinery to cost-effectively convert the sugars from non-food plants and wastes into biofuel. Biofuels are already powering some airplanes—and that’s no trick!

  • Watch the Sustainability in Bioenergy Video

    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.

  • U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework

    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.

Program Areas


Algal Biofuels

Conversion Technologies

Demonstration and Market Transformation




About the Bioenergy Technologies Office

Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation



Education and Workforce Development

Financial Opportunities