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US DOE announces up to US$96 million for bioenergy R&D

In the United States (US), the Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to US$96 million in funding for bioenergy research and development. This funding supports the US bioeconomy, as well as DOE’s goal of providing consumers and businesses with a range of domestic energy options that are affordable, reliable, and secure. 

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In the United States (US), the Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to US$96 million in funding for bioenergy research and development. This funding supports the US bioeconomy, as well as DOE’s goal of providing consumers and businesses with a range of domestic energy options that are affordable, reliable, and secure.

The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) was made by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) that develops technologies that convert domestic biomass and other waste resources into fuels, products, and power to enable affordable energy, economic growth, and innovation in renewable energy and chemicals production – the bioeconomy.

This FOA will provide funding to address BETO’s highest priority R&D areas. It includes Topic Areas from five BETO programs: Feedstock Supply and Logistics; Advanced Algal Systems; Conversion Technologies; Advanced Development and Optimization; and Strategic Analysis and Crosscutting Sustainability.

Topic areas within this FOA will advance DOE’s BETO’s objectives of reducing the price of drop-in biofuels, lowering the cost of biopower, and enabling high-value products from biomass or waste resources. Topic areas include:

  • Scale-Up of Bench Applications (up to US$28 million): Reducing the scale-up risk of biofuel and bioproduct processes.
  • Waste to Energy Strategies for a Bioeconomy (up to US$18 million): Addressing ways to use materials that are currently “waste” to make energy and new products, including strategies for municipal solid waste; wet wastes, like food and manures; and municipal wastewater treatment.
  • Algae Bioproducts and CO2 Direct-Air-Capture and Efficiency (up to US$14 million): Lowering the cost of algal biofuels by improving carbon efficiency, and/or by employing direct air capture technologies.
  • Bio-Restore: Biomass to Restore Natural Resources (up to US$8 million): Quantifying the economic and environmental benefits associated with growing energy crops, with a focus on restoring water quality and soil health.
  • Efficient Wood Heaters (up to US$5 million): Developing and testing low-emission, high-efficiency residential wood heaters.
  • Biopower and Products from Urban and Suburban Wastes: North American Multi-University Partnership for Research and Education (up to US$15 million): Developing innovative technologies to manage major forms of urban and suburban waste, with a focus on using plastic waste to make recycled products and using wastes to produce low-cost biopower.
  • Scalable CO2 Electrocatalysis (up to US$8 million): Developing low temperature and low-pressure CO2 electrocatalysis technologies for generating chemical building blocks.

The application process will include two phases: a concept paper and a full application. Concept papers are due on March 5, 2020, and full applications are due on April 30, 2020.

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