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New DOE funding programs announced for algal biofuels

May 6, 2018
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced four funding opportunities totaling up to $78 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office.

“The Department of Energy is focused on some of the most exciting research opportunities as well as the biggest technological challenges facing our diverse and abundant domestic bioenergy resources,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “Through the funding opportunities, U.S. bioenergy resources, including algae, energy crops, and various waste streams, will be more efficiently and effectively converted into affordable biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts.”

The Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) include:

Efficient Carbon Utilization in Algal Systems (up to $15 million): This research funding opportunity seeks proposals in two areas to improve the cost-competitiveness of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts:

  • Increase the productivity of algae by improving uptake and conversion of waste CO2 emissions, such as from a power plant or industrial facility
  • Develop new, affordable technologies to capture CO2directly from ambient air to enhance algal growth

Process Development for Advanced Biofuels and Biopower (up to $20 million): This funding opportunity supports early-stage research to develop integrated processes for production of cost-competitive drop-in biofuels, including renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel fuel.

Affordable and Sustainable Energy Crops (up to $15 million): This funding opportunity supports early-stage research and development related to the production of affordable and sustainable non-food dedicated energy crops that can be used as feedstocks for the production of biofuels and bioproducts.

Projects selected under this FOA will seek to:

  • Conduct small-scale field testing of new varieties of energy crops
  • Measure crop performance and environmental effects relative to traditional cropping and pasture systems
  • Define cost-effective methods for planting, harvesting, collecting, and storing biomass

Letters of Intent for these FOAs are due May 30, 2018, and full applications are due June 27, 2018.

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