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Title: The DOE Bioenergy Research Centers: History, Operations, and Scientific Output

Over the past 7 years, the US Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research has funded three Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs). These centers have developed complementary and collaborative research portfolios that address the key technical and economic challenges in biofuel production from lignocellulosic biomass. All three centers have established a close, productive relationship with DOE's Joint Genome Institute (JGI). This special issue of Bioenergy Research samples the breadth of basic science and engineering work required to underpin a diverse, sustainable, and robust biofuel industry. In this report, which was collaboratively produced by all three BRCs, we discuss the BRC contributions over their first 7 years to the development of renewable transportation fuels. In additon, we also highlight the BRC research published in the current issue and discuss technical challenges in light of recent progress.
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  1. Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States); WinnowGen, Inc., Madison, WI (United States); Midwestern BioAg, Madison, WI (United States)
  2. Joint BioEnergy Inst. (JBEI), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Emeryville, CA (United States)
  3. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). BioEnergy Science Center (BESC)
  4. Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States); Midwestern BioAg, Madison, WI (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725; FC02-07ER64494; AC02-05CH11231
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
BioEnergy Research
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 8; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1939-1234
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
Country of Publication:
United States
09 BIOMASS FUELS; 59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES Bioenergy; Biomass; US Department of Energy; Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center; Bioenergy Science Center; Joint Bioenergy Institute; Collaborative Research Center