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[PHOTO]Robert C. Brown

Letter to the Editor: Renewable Energy Improves System Resiliency

In a letter to the editor published in the Iowa State Daily, BEI Director Robert C. Brown argues for employing storable renewable energy that can be switched on at a moment’s notice.
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[SCREENCAP]Autothermal pyrolysis video

New Video Illustrates BEI’s Autothermal Pyrolysis Efforts

Learn how autothermal pyrolysis works and what the Bioeconomy Institute is doing to commercialize the technology to convert biomass into fuels and chemicals in this new video. View video

[PHOTO]Chad Peterson with poster at tcbiomassplus2019

Peterson Wins Second Place in Poster Competition

Chad Peterson, a Ph.D. student at Iowa State, earned second place in the poster competition at tcbiomassplus2019.

 Funding Opportunities

New opportunities for research in biorenewables.

Robert C. Brown (left) and Santanu Bakshi

BEI Researchers Studying Slow-Release Fertilizer to Feed Crops, Improve Water Quality

A research team from the Bioeconomy Institute is finding success in its search for valuable agricultural applications for biochar.

[COVER]Thermochemical Processing of Biomass: Conversion into Fuels, Chemicals, and Power Second Edition

New Edition of Thermochemical Processing Textbook Published

A new book edited by BEI Director Robert C. Brown, “Thermochemical Processing of Biomass: Conversion into Fuels, Chemicals, and Power Second Edition,” was released April 2019.