In the United States (US), the US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced US$25.5 million in funding to enable the sustainable use of domestic biomass and waste resources, such as agricultural residues and algae, to produce low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts.
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According to a statement, this funding will advance the Biden-Harris administration goals of delivering an equitable, clean energy future, and put the United States on a path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by 2050.
The “Reducing Agricultural Carbon Intensity and Protecting Algal Crops (RACIPAC)” funding opportunity will improve the production of environmentally sustainable feedstocks for bioenergy through two topic areas:
- Climate-Smart Agricultural Practices for Low-Carbon Intensity Feedstocks
- Algae Crop Protection
Recognizing that decarbonizing transportation and agriculture are inherently linked when it comes to the thoughtful production and deployment of biofuels, the funding is being administrated by the DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Renewable Carbon Resources (RCR) program.
The RCR program develops science-based strategies and technologies to cost-effectively transform renewable carbon resources such as agricultural waste and algae into high-quality, environmentally sustainable, conversion-ready feedstocks for biofuels and bioproducts.
This funding opportunity focuses on improving climate-smart agricultural practices that reduce the carbon intensity of biomass feedstocks used for biofuel production, and cultivating and protecting algae crops, an abundant and renewable biofuel source.
Both topic areas support DOE’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge goal of furthering the production of 35 billion gallons of SAF annually by 2050.
The concept paper deadline is due by 5:00 pm ET on March 20, 2023, and full applications are due by 5:00 pm ET on May 16, 2023.