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DOE Offers up to $200 Million for Integrated Biorefineries
DOE plans to support new facilities similar to this pilot plant in Nebraska, which is testing cellulosic ethanol technologies.
DOE is offering up to $200 million over the next six fiscal years, subject to annual appropriations, to support the development of pilot- and demonstration-scale integrated biorefineries, which employ a combination of non-food feedstocks and conversion technologies to produce advanced biofuels. Integrated biorefineries may produce several biofuels and may also produce side products such as biobased chemicals, heat, and power. DOE is encouraging proposals to use advanced biomass feedstocks such as algae or to produce innovative biofuels such as bio-butanol or "green" gasoline. The agency anticipates making approximately 5-12 cost-shared awards under its Funding Opportunity Announcement, which was issued on December 22.
DOE plans to select biorefinery projects that will be operational within three to four years after the applicants are selected, and the facilities should be intended to lead to commercialization in the near term. Mandatory letters of intent are due by February 20, and completed applications are due by April 30. The new funding opportunity adds to the more than $1 billion DOE has already committed to research, development, and demonstration of cellulosic biofuels technology. See the DOE press release, as well as the full text of the funding opportunity announcement on Grants.gov.