Biomass Feedstocks Out Your Window

Learn more about BETO-funded feedstock research.  
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Bioenergy Technologies Office 

May 28, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and its National Laboratories are dedicating the months of May and June to public exploration of renewable biomass feedstocks, many of which can be found right outside your window. These feedstocks are used for production of biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower in support of the U.S. bioeconomy.

Information that will be shared in the months of May and June include:

  • Social Media: Watch for #mybiofeedstocks on your favorite social media platform to learn more about “Bioenergy Feedstocks Out Your Window.”
  • Webinars: New research will be shared on conversion-ready feedstocks for lignocellulosic bioenergy industries, which depend upon an economic and reliable supply of quality biomass.

BETO-Funded Feedstock Supply and Logistics R&D

Across the United States, BETO funds early-stage feedstock supply and logistics research and development (R&D) at DOE National Laboratories. This research focuses on technologies and processes that transform renewable carbon sources to conversion-ready feedstocks. Below are some examples of the world-class feedstock R&D happening at our national laboratories.


beto_miscanthus, used as a biofuel and carbon capture system

Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL) biomass feedstock R&D is focused on addressing barriers associated with efficiently, economically, and sustainably supplying large quantities of quality feedstock for biorefineries now and in the future.

A few examples of feedstocks INL researches are displayed in the above photo from left to right: switchgrass, corn stover, oak pellets, and bagasse.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers try to unlock the potential in today’s sustainable feedstocks to become tomorrow’s bio-based fuels, products, and power.

NREL researchers study dedicated energy crops like sorghum or miscanthus (pictured above), or agricultural residues, timber wastes, and algae to help strengthen the bioeconomy.

Learn more about INL biomass feedstock R&D.

Learn more about NREL biomass feedstock R&D.

Upcoming Webinars in June

Webinars in June will focus on research strategies that enable supply-chain improvements in biomass quality and consistency through blending, preprocessing, diversity, and landscape design in development of conversion-ready, lignocellulosic feedstocks for production of biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts.

The webinars will be held June 13 at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain and June 20 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain. Registration details to come.


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