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Bioenergy and the Knowledge Discovery Framework

The creation of a robust, and advanced domestic bioeconomy is an important pathway for providing the United States with sustainable, low-carbon, renewable energy alternatives. Imagine, for example, a transportation fuel made from an energy crop grown on marginal lands unsuitable for producing food, or even from algae or municipal solid waste. These biofuels could go directly into your car's gas tank, warm your house, or help power an airplane. With further research and development to produce these fuels sustainably and affordably, the bioenergy industry can provide home-grown alternatives for a transportation sector that is heavily dependent on oil.

The bioenergyKDF supports the data-driven bioeconomy, by ensuring equitable access to high-quality data that supports breakthroughs for the US bioeconomy, including market analyses by feedstock and data behind the Billion-ton Reports. This data can be used to chart a course for larger investments in support of strategically targeted scientific research. On, you’ll find easy-to-use tools, including maps at the county level for various feedstocks that show modeled resources for different areas such as what energy crops may grow well in different US regions. Using modern data principles, the bioenergyKDF makes it easy to find and access these important data as well as provide key information about the data to ensure it is interoperable and reusable (FAIR). This supports new advancements and interdisciplinary collaborations needed for rapid research outcomes.

This centralized data repository for net-zero strategies from biomass archives economic and geospatial data about the sustainability of and market analyses for: marine biofuels, sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), biomass-power including Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS), and high-octane fuels. Additional topics include the Billion-ton data, and standards for bioenergy.

The bioenergyKDF provides a centralized repository of datasets and reports and contributes decision:
- criteria for each feedstock management; matrices regarding cost, performance, and life cycle impacts; support to make informed decisions on how to integrate bioenergy into existing cropping systems.

The data repository is used for a variety of BETO priority datasets and analyses and can accommodate select additional datasets. Use of standard metadata is encouraged, and experienced personnel can guide data contributors to these protocols. Depending on the data size or time investment by staff, support may be required.

Explore the bioenergyKDF:

  • Search the Bioenergy Library to find data sets and publications;
  • Browse key topics in bioenergy research;
  • Apply the multiple data-specific tools to visualize, analyze, download, and export relevant data; and
  • Browse bioenergy-related models and tools.