The Bioeconomy Institute


Iowa State University’s Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) opens opportunities in Iowa’s burgeoning bioeconomy, where our society looks to agriculture for sustainable sources of fuel, energy, chemicals, and materials. More about BEI

BEI, Iowa State to Study Carbon Negative Energy

Researchers from Iowa State University and the Bioeconomy Institute have been awarded nearly $2 million to study production of biochar for use as a soil amendment that stores carbon underground instead of allowing carbon dioxide to re-enter the atmosphere as plants decompose. The award is from the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) based at Stanford University. Learn more

BEI Hits the Road to Learn about Modular Manufacturing

A delegation from the Bioeconomy Institute and other organizations took to the road this summer to learn more about modular manufacturing. The team visited Roeslein & Associates, Inc. of St. Louis, a leader in engineering, modular fabrication, and construction of industrial plant facilities. Learn More

BEI, Iowa State to Make Splash at tcbiomass2015

[LOLGO]tcbiomass2015Iowa State University is expected to have the largest presence of any university at tcbiomass2015, the fourth international conference on thermochemical biomass conversion science. The preliminary program features four Iowa State researchers as speakers and over 20 as poster presenters. Learn more

“Sustainability in Bioenergy” Video Features BEI, Iowa State

“Sustainability in Bioenergy: A Nation Connected” is a short documentary highlighting personal stories and the efforts being made by communities across the U.S. to develop, produce, and provide bioenergy, while ensuring it is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. Several Iowa State University and BEI faculty and researchers are featured in the video, which was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies. View video

BEI Publishes Email Newsletter

The new BEI email newsletter includes features, profiles, news, and event summaries about biorenewables at Iowa State University and the Bioeconomy Institute. Learn more

Workshop Reviewed Mass Production of Biomass Refineries

A two-day workshop brought together experts in the mass production of biomass processing facilities. The workshop, held May 11-12, 2015 in Broomfield, CO, included tracks on bioenergy and manufacturing. The second day featured an effort to find consensus on the best path for collaboration between the bioenergy and manufacturing industries. Learn more on the modular manufacturing for bioprocessing page 

[CARTOON]Coffee cups, by Stefanie DaoManaging Carbon Like Coffee Cups

Bioenergy can play an important role in halting the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as explained in this parable by Robert C. Brown, BEI Director. Read the article in The Hill

BEI Launches “Opening Doors” Campaign

BEI has launched its “opening doors to the bioeconomy” campaign to raise awareness of its research, education, and engagement capabilities, especially among potential industry, academic, and government partners. Learn more

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