US Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, has announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to US$15 million in total DOE funding to optimise integrated biorefineries. These projects will work to solve the critical research and developmental challenges encountered for the successful scale-up and reliable operations of integrated biorefineries (IBRs), decrease capital and operating expenses, and focus on the manufacture of advanced or cellulosic biofuels and higher-value bioproducts.
This Integrated biorefinery optimisation funding opportunity is co-ordinated and supported by the DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
Each of the selected IBR projects is focused on one or more of the following topic areas:
- Topic area 1: robust, continuous handling of solid materials (dry and wet feedstocks, biosolids, and/or residual solids remaining in the process) and feeding systems to reactors under various operating conditions.
- Topic area 2: high-value products from waste and/or other undervalued streams in an IBR.
- Topic area 3: industrial separations within an IBR (no projects have been selected from topic area 3).
- Topic Area 4: analytical modelling of solid materials (dry and wet feedstocks and/or residual solids remaining in the process) and reactor feeding systems.
“The integrated biorefinery optimisation effort is a prime example of how the Department of Energy can leverage its resources to help solve real world issues facing biorefineries,” said Secretary Perry. “These projects have the potential to increase the efficiency of producing biofuels and bioproducts, enabling the United States to better utilise its abundant biomass resources, boost economic development, and advance US competitiveness in the global energy market.”
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