DOE to offer funding for biorefinery projects

By Erin Voegele | April 22, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced plans to issue a funding opportunity on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office to support technology development plans for the manufacture of drop-in biofuels, bioproducts, or biopower in a pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery. Plans for facilities that use cellulosic biomass, algal biomass, or biosolids as feedstock will be considered.

To be eligible, applicants are required to address one of three main priority areas. The first is pilot-scale production of biofuels from high-impact cellulosic, algal or biogas feedstocks. Second is demonstration-scale production of biofuels from high-impact cellulosic, algal or biogas feedstocks. The third is production of biopower, bioproducts and biofuels from biosolids or other waste streams.

According to the DOE, multiple awards are expected to be made under the funding opportunity in the form of cooperative agreements, with an estimated period of performance of one to two years for the design phase. Selected projects will participate in a down-select review at the end of the design phase. The review process will reduce the number of projects that move into the construction and operation phase.

The full funding opportunity announcement, titled “Project Definition for Pilot and Demonstration Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower (PD2B3)” is expected to be made in early May. Additional information is available on the EERE Exchange website under DE-FOA-0001581