This page provides a variety of multimedia products to enhance knowledge and understanding of biomass resources, processes, and projects. The links on this page lead to biomass-related images, videos, and infographics.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) maintains a searchable online library of photographs called Photographic Information Exchange (PIX).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service Photo Gallery is an excellent source for agricultural and forestry biomass resource photographs. Additionally, a selection of good photos of potential dedicated bioenergy crops, such as switchgrass and poplars, can be found at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Bioenergy Feedstock Development Program.
Renewing Forests in Colorado: Opportunities in Bioenergy
Mike Eckhoff, Special Projects Coordinator of the Colorado State Forest Service and Biomass Coordinator of the Regional USDA Forest Service, and John Twitchell, Steamboat Springs District Forester of the Colorado State Forest Service, describe how millions of acres of beetle-killed trees have impacted the environment and economy of the State of Colorado, but reveal how these challenges provide unique opportunities for growth in the bioeconomy by using this biomass and other forest wastes to provide bioenergy.
U.S. Department of Energy-funded researchers from university and national laboratories describe what “bioenergy innovation” means to them, and how innovation is key to building a renewable and sustainable future for our population and planet through biofuels and bioproducts.
Enabling the Billion-Ton Bioeconomy Video
The United States is rich in non-food biomass that can fuel the development of a thriving bioeconomy where renewable and sustainable resources power cars and planes instead of petroleum. The transportation and aviation industry is actively seeking ways to reduce its carbon footprint by powering planes with solid municipal waste, woody biomass, purpose-grown crops, and algae. Watch this short video to learn how biomass is being used to make our country greener, provide new employment opportunities, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
2016 Billion-Ton Report Preview Video
Alison Goss Eng, of the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office, Tim Theiss, Laboratory Relationship Manager of the Bioenergy Technologies Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Tim Rials, Director of the Tennessee Forest Products Center, provide background and their insights into the production and contents of the 2016 Billion-Ton Report.
Bioenergy 2016 Preview Video
In June 2016, the Bioneregy Technologies Office released a video preview of the Bioenergy 2016 conference. The video shows clips from Bioenergy 2015, as well as highlights what attendees can expect to gain from participating in Bioenergy 2016.
Growing and Sustaining Communities with Bioenergy
From Vero Beach, Florida, to Hugoton, Kansas, to Emmetsburg, Iowa, cellulosic ethanol biorefineries have had major impacts on communities and their residents. In other areas, bioenergy has significant potential to transform current and establish new industry. This short video illustrates how biorefineries and other bioenergy developments can benefit citizens, businesses, and whole communities, helping America’s rural economies grow and thrive.
Algenol: Using Algae to Make Fuels
Algenol is a company located in Fort Myers, FL that is working with its unique photosynthetic algae to take carbon dioxide that is in the atmosphere and produce a variety of affordable and sustainable biofuels. The scale-up of this work by Algenol was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technology Office’s American Reinvestment and Recovery Act support.
Bioenergy in a Multifunctional Landscape
How can our landscapes be managed most effectively to produce crops for food, feed, and bioenergy, while also protecting our water resources by preventing the loss of nutrients from the soil? Dr. Cristina Negri and her team at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory are tackling this question at an agricultural research site located in Fairbury, Illinois.
Sustainability in Bioenergy: A Nation Connected
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.
- "Sustainability in Bioenergy: A Nation Connected" full version
- "Sustainability in Bioenergy: A Nation Connected" short version
National Laboratory Videos
National laboratories prepared films showcasing their bioenergy research. Energy Department research at the national laboratories is helping to advance bioenergy.
- Argonne National Laboratory
- Idaho National Laboratory
- The Idaho National Laboratory’s Bioenergy Team Addresses Tomorrow’s Biofeedstock Challenges—BETO research that addresses feedstock variability is a critical component in the biofuel production process.
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Berkeley Lab's 2012 Open House—"Adventures in Science"—Growing the bioeconomy begins at a young age through Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Open House.
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Breakthrough Video—BETO supported research at The Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit at Berkeley Lab.
- Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Turning Algae into Energy in New Mexico—BETO supports research into using algae as a feedstock.
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- NREL Grows the Bioeconomy Beyond the Laboratory—BETO supported research into growing the bioeconomy and furthering sustainability.
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- 90 Seconds of Discovery: Biofuel Catalyst Life and Plugs—BETO supported research in biofuel catalysts.
- 90 Seconds of Discovery: Biofuels for Jet Engines—BETO supported research in aviation biofuels.
- Sandia National Laboratory
- Overview of Sandia’s Biomass Program—Sandia’s Biomass Program includes projects supported by BETO.
Bioenergy: America’s Energy Future
In July 2014, the Bioenergy Technologies Office released the short documentary film Bioenergy: America’s Energy Future. The film highlights stories of individuals and companies who are passionate about achieving the promise of biofuels and addressing the challenges of developing a thriving bioeconomy. The film also demonstrates that investing in bioenergy helps maintain America’s competitive advantage while creating domestic jobs for manufacturers, scientists, and engineers.
Biomass 2013 Videos
In June 2013, the Bioneregy Technologies Office released a video preview of the Biomass 2013 conference. The video shows clips from Biomass 2012, as well as highlights what attendees can expect to gain from participating in Biomass 2013. In August 2013, the Department of Energy also released a video of Secretary Ernest Moniz's speech at Biomass 2013.
- Biomass 2013 Preview YouTube video
- Biomass 2013 Preview Text version
- Secretary Moniz's Speech YouTube video
Energy Department's Energy 101 Series | Feedstocks for Biofuels and More
In May 2013, the Energy Department highlighted feedstock production for high-quality biofuels and bioproducts in its Energy 101 video series. The video shows a variety of non-edible feedstocks and demonstrates how they are harvested and prepared for biofuels. More specifically, the video discusses the critical work of the Energy Department and the Bioenergy Technologies Office to advance feedstock supply and logistics.
Energy Department's Energy 101 Series | Algae-to-Fuels
In September 2012, the Energy Department highlighted algae in its Energy 101 video series. The video shows an algae farm and demonstrates how algae is converted into energy. More specifically, the video discusses algae's viability to create biofuels.
Energy Department's Energy 101 Series | Biofuels
In July 2012, the Energy Department highlighted biofuels in its Energy 101 video series. The video shows how biomass is broken down and refined into sustainable biofuels via biochemical and thermochemical processes.
On July 10–11, 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted its fifth annual conference, Biomass 2012: Confronting Challenges, Creating Opportunities – Sustaining a Commitment to Bioenergy, at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. The Bioenergy Technologies Office has created several videos archiving the event, including an interview with Secretary Chu, clips from keynote speakers, an image documentary, as well as several interview spots with conference participants. Click on the link to the Bioenergy KDF YouTube channel below to view highlights from the conference.
Project LIBERTY Groundbreaking
On March 13, 2012, the Bioenergy Technologies Office's Brian Duff participated in the POET-DSM Project LIBERTY groundbreaking activities in Emmettsburg, Iowa. Click on the links below to view the keynote speakers at the event.
- Brian Duff, Chief Engineer, Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office
- Stephan Tanda, Member Managing Board, Royal DSM N.V.
- Jeff Lautt, President, POET, LLC
- Jack Kibbie, Iowa State Senator
- Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa
Cellulosic biofuels made from agricultural residue have caught the attention of many farmers and could be the next revolution in renewable biofuels production. Click on the video link below to see how an innovative technology that converts agricultural residues from the corn harvest into renewable biofuels could help the United States produce increasing volumes of cellulosic biofuels over the coming decade.
On October 1, 2015, the Bioenergy Technologies Office kicked off Energy Action Month by displaying bioenergy impacts posters in the Department of Energy Forrestal Building in Washington, D.C.
Biogas Opportunities Roadmap Progress Report
In support of the Obama Administration's Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Department of Agriculture jointly released the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap Progress Report, updating the federal government's progress to reduce methane emissions through biogas systems since the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap was completed by the three agencies in July 2014. The report and infographic highlight actions taken, outlines challenges and opportunities, and identifies next steps to the growth of a robust biogas industry.