Washington, D.C. and Tennessee: Bioenergy Technologies Office Announces Launch of New and Improved KDF

Project Overview
Positive Impact: The KDF supports the development of a sustainable bioenergy industry by providing unique value for researchers, private industry, policy makers, and the public.
Location: Washington, D.C. and Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Partners: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
EERE Investment: $750,000 in FY12 and $389,000 in FY13
Clean Energy Sector: Sustainable transportationPDF

In September of 2013, the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) launched a revamped, easier-to-use version of the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework. Initially released in January 2011, the KDF provides researchers, industry, policy makers, and the public with access to a variety of data sets, publications, and collaboration and mapping tools that support bioenergy research, analysis, and decision making.

In the KDF, users can search the Bioenergy Library to find the latest bioenergy research; use the map interface to visualize, analyze, download, and export geospatial data; and browse the site’s collection of specialized tools and applications, which can also be launched on the map. Visitors to the KDF are encouraged to become registered users to acquire access to additional benefits, including the ability to contribute data sets and other resources, customize information online, and interact with others.

The redesigned KDF offers a new look, simplified navigation, better organization of content, improved usability, and enhanced interactivity that will allow visitors to find the information and resources they’re looking for more quickly and easily. BETO intends for the new design to better meet the needs of users by making the KDF more functional, intuitive, and appealing. Some specific site enhancements include the following:

  • Clean look with easy-to-navigate layout
  • Advanced search and filter options
  • Quick links to social networking sites
  • Improved map interface.

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) works with a broad spectrum of industrial, academic, agricultural, and nonprofit partners across the United States to develop and deploy commercially viable, high-performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower from renewable biomass resources in America to reduce our dependence on imported oil.

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