US DOE announces US$97 million in funding for 33 bioenergy R&D projects
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than US$97 million in funding for 33 projects that will "support high-impact technology" research and development (R&D) to accelerate the bioeconomy.
According to a statement, these projects will improve the performance and lower the cost and risk of technologies that can be used to produce biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts from biomass and waste resources.
Advancements made in bioenergy technologies will help expand America’s energy supply, grow our economy, and enhance our energy security. These projects will ensure the United States’ leadership across all segments of the growing global bioeconomy, and allow us to provide US consumers and businesses more homegrown energy choices for their fuels and products, said Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes.
The 33 selected projects will address a variety of research and development areas, including:
- Scale-up of bench applications to reduce scale-up risks for biofuel and bioproduct processes;
- Waste to energy strategies including strategies for municipal solid waste, wet wastes, like food and manures, and municipal wastewater treatment;
- Cost reduction of algal biofuels by improving carbon efficiency and by employing direct air capture technologies;
- Quantification of the economic and environmental benefits associated with growing energy crops, focusing on restoring water quality and soil health;
- Development and testing of low-emission, high-efficiency residential wood heaters;
- 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 carbon dioxide (CO2) electrocatalysis technologies.