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Bioenergy Technologies Office Announces the Release of Technology Pathways Memos

April 10, 2013

Two of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) national laboratory partners have recently published several technical memorandums resulting from their joint studies of biomass-to-hydrocarbon fuel conversion technologies. The studies identify barriers to developing technologies and target several research approaches that can reduce conversion costs. The studies—performed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)—were commissioned by BETO and will be used to direct the Office’s future out-year planning and multi-year program plans.  

BETO pursues a pathway approach for advancing research and development (R&D) of converting biomass into renewable fuels and products. Current R&D efforts are now focused on eight priority pathways for the conversion of biomass into hydrocarbon fuels and intermediates that lead to “drop-in” replacements for gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other petroleum-based products.   Seven of the eight priority pathways served as a focal subject for individual reports by PNNL and NREL. The reports identified key highlights and areas for future research. Highlights in the reports include:         

For more information on BETO’s approach to hydrocarbon-focused R&D, see the technology pathways fact sheets.  

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