National Bioenergy Center

The National Bioenergy Center (NBC) works to advance and develop innovative and cost-effective solutions that move the production of biofuels, bioproducts, biochemicals, and bioenergy to market.

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NREL’s bioenergy research covers the full spectrum of discovery science, from exploratory research to pilot-scale processing. Our partnerships with industry, academia, and other government entities are central to achieving the NBC’s goals.

The National Bioenergy Center is led by Center Director Thomas D. Foust. For more information about the NBC, contact us.


Biomass Feedstocks

Techno-Economic, Sustainability, and Market Analysis

Biochemical Process Development and Integration

Biomass Deconstruction and Pretreatment

Biogas Upgrading and Waste-to-Energy

Biological and Catalytic Conversion of Sugars and Lignin

Algal Biofuels

Thermochemical Process Integration, Scale-Up, and Piloting

Heterogeneous Catalysis for Thermochemical Conversion


U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office