DOE Announces Funding For Biofuels, Bioproducts, Biopower Projects

Just before 2016 came to a close, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding. The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) and initiative is titled “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower,” and it represents new investment in a […]

Just before 2016 came to a close, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding. The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) and initiative is titled “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower,” and it represents new investment in a few select projects operating within these forward-thinking energy sectors. These select projects are required to share the cost at a minimum of 50 percent, and will develop and execute plans for the manufacturing of advanced or cellulosic biofuels, bioproducts, refinery-compatible intermediates, and/or biopower in a domestic pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery.

The projects will move forward and be evaluated by DOE in two phases. Award recipients will design and plan their facilities in Phase 1 and, in order to continue to Phase 2, projects will be evaluated on Phase 1 progress as well as the ability to secure the required 50 percent cost-share funding for Phase 2. DOE anticipates Phase 2 awards to be made in fiscal year 2018 to construct and operate the pilot- or demonstration-scale facility. Projects could receive additional federal funds of up to $15 million for pilot-scale facilities or $45 million for demonstration-scale facilities.

The six Phase-1 projects will utilize thermochemical, biochemical, algal, and hybrid conversion technologies to generate the data required to enable future commercial-scale facilities. Two of the six qualifying projects will be utilizing woody biomass or other wood-derived feedstocks.

Read more from Forest2Market at https://blog.forest2market.com/energy-department-announces-funding-for-six-biofuels-bioproducts-and-biopower-projects

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