Plans, Implementation, and Results

The Bioenergy Technologies Office carries out technology research, development, and deployment through an ongoing process of planning and analysis, implementation, and review. This Web page includes links to documents that support and document the program management process, and the results and public benefits that derive from it.

  • Overview

    Learn more about this EERE Office.

  • Plans

    Discover the plans, budgets, and analyses that set the direction of office priorities and activities.

  • Implementation

    Find out how the office controls, implements, and adjusts its plans and manages its activities.

  • Results
    Learn about the technological, commercial, and other outputs and outcomes that result from the public funds appropriated to the office and managed by it.

Overview

Key Office Overview Documents


  • Replacing the Whole Barrel To Reduce U.S. Dependence on Oil
    This overview provides highlights of the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office's major research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities to advance biomass conversion, technology integration in biorefineries, and supply logistics to provide
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  • Growing America’s Energy Future
    This fact sheet is a brief overview of the Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office.
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  • Biomass Program Overview Presentation
    This presentation is an interactive walk through of the Program's vision of advancing the biofuels and bioproducts industry and highlights the research and development activities that will help achieve it.
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  • Biomass Basics: The Facts About Bioenergy
    This product provides an explanation of what biomass is and how it can be used.
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Legislative and Executive Guidance


  • Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future
    President Obama's March 2011 framework that addresses the need for reducing dependence on foreign oil and taking control of our energy future by harnessing all of the resources that we have available and embracing a diverse energy portfolio.
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  • EPA's Renewable Fuels Standard Web page
    The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program regulations were developed in collaboration with refiners, renewable fuel producers, and many other stakeholders.
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  • Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
    An Act passed in 2007 to move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers, to increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles, to promote re
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Structure and Key Contacts


Office News


  • Biomass Program News
    This page contains all relevant Biomass Program news.
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  • Biomass Program Newsletter
    In May 2011, the Biomass Program began sending out a monthly "News Blast," highlighting Progam events, solicitations, publications, related blogs, and other relevant information. This page archives the past blasts by month.
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Plans

Technology Roadmaps


  • Roadmap for Biomass Technologies in the United States (2007)
    Biomass resources are a sustainable and environmentally friendly feedstock that can contribute significantly to a diverse energy portfolio.
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  • National Algal Biofuels Technology Roadmap
    The framework for National Algal Biofuels Technology Roadmap was constructed at the Algal Biofuels Technology Roadmap Workshop, held December 9-10, 2008, at the University of Maryland-College Park. The Workshop was organized by the Biomass Program to
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Multiyear Program Plans


Office Budgets


Analysis (Risk, Benefit, Portfolio)


Implementation

Technology Evaluations


  • Effects of Intermediate Ethanol Blends on Legacy Vehicles and Small Non-Road Engines, Report 1
    This report (February 2009) is an update of the original version, which was published in October 2008. This report is the result of the U.S. Department of Energy's test program to evaluate the potential impacts of intermediate ethanol blends on l
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  • Biochemical Production of Ethanol from Corn Stover: 2007 State of Technology Model
    Since 2001, NREL has kept track of technical research progress in the biochemical process through what are known as “State of Technology” (SOT) assessments. The purpose of this report is to update the FY 2005 SOT model with the latest research result
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  • Historical Perspective on How and Why Switchgrass was Seleced as a "Model" High-Potential Energy Crop
    Economic and environmental assessments by Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Biofuels Feedstock Development Program staff together with the screening project results, and funding limitations lead to making the decision to further develop only switchgras
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  • Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass - Volume I, Results of Screening for Potential Candidates from Sugars and Synthesis Gas
    This report identifies twelve building block chemicals that can be produced from sugars via biological or chemical conversions. The twelve building blocks can be subsequently converted to a number of high-value bio-based chemicals or materials. Build
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  • Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass - Volume II, Results of Screening for Potential Candidates from Biorefinery Lignin
    This report evaluates lignin’s role as a renewable raw material resource.
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Deployment and Diffusion


Education and Workforce Development


Competitive Solicitations and Grant Process


  • Biomass Program Recovery Act Factsheet
    The Biomass Program has awarded about $718 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funds. The projects the Program is supporting are intended to: Accelerate advanced biofuels research, development, and demonstration; Speed th
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  • Biomass Research and Development Initiative Annual Solicitation
    On April 15, 2011, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy announced up to $30 million in funding over three to four years for our annual Biomass Research and Development Initiative program. These funds will support research and development in
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  • Biomass Program Financial Opportunities
    The Department of Energy is a major provider of funding for basic and applied research for converting biomass resources to biofuels. Many financial assistance opportunities are available for small to large-scale research activities. This page provide
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In-Progress Peer Reviews and Process Assessments


Internal Controls, Project Tracking, and Progress Reports


  • Biomass Cookstoves Technical Meeting: Summary Report
    In regions where biomass is a traditional fuel for cooking, improved cookstoves can enhance indoor air quality, personal health, livelihoods, and the environment—while substantially reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Although ongoing efforts ha
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  • Biopower Technical Strategy Workshop Summary Report
    Biopower is electricity produced from a wide range of biomass (organic materials found in wood, plants, agricultural waste and other materials). Biomass is a base load renewable energy source with high availability for electricity production. To expl
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Results

Summary Documents


  • Reshaping American Energy - A Look Back at BETO's Accomplishments in 2013
    For more than a decade, BETO has been shaping the bioenergy industry. BETO helps transform the nation's renewable biomass resources into high-performance biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts. This fact sheet outlines some of our biggest accomplishment
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Technical Outcomes


  • Department of Energy Recovery Act Investment in Biomass Technologies
    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) provided more than $36 billion to the Department of Energy (DOE) to accelerate work on existing projects, undertake new and transformative research, and deploy clean energy technologie
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Case Studies


Cost/Benefit and Return on Investment Studies


  • Process Design and Economics for Biochemical Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Ethanol
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) promotes the production of ethanol and other liquid fuels from lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks by funding fundamental and applied research that advances the state of technology in biomass collection, conversion,
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  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Biomass Program Investments
    This fact sheet discusses the Biomass Program's investments using Recovery Act funding, as well as make note of how Recovery Act projects are currently doing.
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