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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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Thermochemical Processes

We develop gasification and pyrolysis processes for the cost effective thermochemical conversion of biomass to biofuels and biofuel intermediaries.