Sandia is working on a second generation of biofuels that can be refined from more abundant, less costly feedstocks.

Sandia is working on a second generation of biofuels that can be refined from more abundant, less costly feedstocks.

In July 2014, the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) released the short documentary film Bioenergy: America’s Energy Future, which highlights stories of individuals and companies who are passionate about achieving the promise of biofuels and addressing the challenges of developing a thriving bioeconomy. The film also demonstrates that investing in bio­energy helps maintain America’s compe­titive advantage while creating domestic jobs for manufacturers, scientists, and engineers.

Lignocellulose, the essential part of woody cell walls of plants and consisting of cellulose intimately associated with lignin, is the most abundantly available raw material on the Earth for producing biofuels. Sandia is researching ways to effectively and efficiently convert this abundant resource into fuel for transportation.

Lignocellulose, the essential part of woody cell walls of plants and consisting of cellulose intimately associated with lignin, is the most abundantly available raw material on the Earth for producing biofuels. Sandia is researching ways to effectively and efficiently convert this abundant resource into fuel for transportation.

To complement this project, eight national laboratories also prepared short films for Biomass 2014 showcasing their bioenergy research. Overview of Sandia’s EERE Biomass Program is a short movie that highlights Sandia’s Biomass Program with a focus on those projects funded by EERE-BETO. Examples include algal polyculture, algae pond monitoring, biomass conversion, lignin conversion, and pretreatment.