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The US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends (DE-FOA-0001581) to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0001232) entitled “Project Definition for Pilot and Demonstration Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower (PD2B3)”. The FOA will be issued on or about 2 May.

This FOA supports technology development plans for the manufacture of drop-in hydrocarbon biofuels, bioproducts, or biopower in a pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery. Plans for facilities that use cellulosic biomass, algal biomass, or biosolids feedstocks will be considered under this funding opportunity.

Under this FOA, applicants must address one comprehensive topic area with three main priority areas:

  • Pilot-scale production of biofuels from high impact cellulosic, algal, or biogas feedstocks;

  • Demonstration-scale production of biofuels from high impact cellulosic, algal, or biogas feedstocks; and

  • Production of biopower, bioproducts, and biofuels from biosolids and other waste streams.

EERE envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of cooperative agreements with an estimated period of performance of approximately one to two years for the design phase of each award.

Selected projects will participate in a down-select review at the end of the design phase. The review will evaluate projects against predetermined criteria and, in turn, reduce the number of projects that move into the construction and operations phase. The review aims to generate a number of robust projects that will be better prepared to execute the second phase of the project and receive Phase II funding.



We will need liquid fuels for decades, time to plan ahead.

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