Biofuels & Bioproducts

Biofuels & Bioproducts UW-Madison biofuels researchers from many disciplines develop and test "drop-in" biofuels (above) that have the potential to replace gasoline and diesel.

Biofuels have the potential to significantly reduce our carbon emissions, diversify our energy economy, and produce hundreds of thousands of jobs here in the U.S. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the sustainable production of cellulosic and other advanced biofuels from non-food sources could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 60 percent compared to petroleum-derived gasoline. UW–Madison researchers, including those working at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, are focused on advancing a competitive and environmentally sustainable biofuel economy. Our experts also work to develop bioproducts from the bioenergy pipeline, creating “green” chemicals and other products that could not only improve the economics of biofuels but also reduce our consumption of petroleum-derived products.