DOE announces intent to fund innovative bioenergy technologies

By Erin Voegele | June 30, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced its intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) targeting innovative technologies and solutions to help advance bioenergy development. The FOA will be issued on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office.

According to the DOE, the opportunity is intended to fund projects that will pursue research and development not significantly represented in BETO’s current portfolio. It will serve as a way to support and explore new approaches for integration into the office’s future plans.

The FOA will specifically seek to support project that facilitate BETO’s goals related to the research and development of algae biofuels, feedstock supply and logistics, and conversion technologies.

Information posted to the EERE Exchange website indicates the FOA will have two topic areas. One will be open to all proposals that seek to develop novel, non-incremental technologies that facilitate the goals of BETO’s algae platform, but that are not represented in a significant way in the current algae project portfolio. The second topic area will be open to all proposals that seek to develop novel, non-incremental technologies that facilitate the goals of BETO, but are not represented in a significant way in the current feedstocks or conversion project portfolios. According to the notice, areas of non-interest will be described in greater detail in the FOA, which is expected to be released in July. The notice also notes that the DOE expects the proposals to be at early technology readiness levels.

Additional information on the DOE’s intent to issue the FOA is available on the EERE Exchange website under DE-FOA-0001343.