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US DOE and BETO announce funding opportunity for biorefineries

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The US Department of Energy’s (US DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled, “Integrated Biorefinery Optimisation.”

This FOA will support research and development (R&D) to increase the performance efficiencies of biorefineries, resulting in continuous operation and production of biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower at prices competitive with fossil-derived equivalents. This could be accomplished by improvements in ensuring reliable, continuous, robust handling and feeding of solid materials into reactors under various operating conditions; decreased capital and operating expenses by improved separation processes; production of higher value products from waste or other undervalued streams; and analytical modelling of handling and feeding of solid materials into reactors.

Applications that address these challenging operations and convert woody biomass, agricultural residues, dedicated energy crops, algae, municipal solid waste, sludge from wastewater treatment plants, and wet wastes into biofuels, biochemicals, and bioproducts will be considered under this funding opportunity.

This notice of intent (NOI) is issued to make interested parties aware of the EERE’s intention to issue the FOA in the near term. All of the information contained in this NOI is subject to change. EERE will not respond to questions concerning this NOI. Once the FOA has been released, EERE will provide an avenue for potential applicants to submit questions.

Robust scale-up and operations of biorefinery technologies are essential for enabling the industry to build commercialscale manufacturing facilities. This work supports EERE’s mission to accelerate deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to strengthen US energy security, economic vitality, and environmental quality.

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