Bioenergy Research

NREL's bioenergy science and technology group performs a full range of research from exploring biomass at the molecular level through biorefinery process optimization to bring biofuels and bio-products to market.

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Analysis and Characterization

Our analysts take a field-to-finished product approach to bringing biofuels and bioproducts to market.

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Biochemical Processes

We optimize biochemical processes throughout the entire biochemical conversion pathway.

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We work at the molecular and cellular level to understand and optimize microbial production of biofuels and bioproducts.

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Catalytic Carbon Transformation

Our researchers are leading innovation in the catalytic conversion of renewable and waste carbon sources.

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Net-Zero-Emission Biofuels

We are developing the next-generation of net-zero-emission biofuels to help decarbonize the heavy haulers of the global transportation ecosystem.