The U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") yesterday announced funding of up to $85 million over a three-year period from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ("ARRA") for the development of algae-based biofuels and advanced, infrastructure-compatible biofuels. DOE wants leading scientists and engineers from universities, private industry, and government to collaborate in developing a thriving domestic biofuels industry . The collaborations will allow different sectors in the biofuels industry to work together on new technologies for producing advanced biofuels that can be brought to market without requiring major modifications to the existing fueling infrastructure. Examples of advanced biofuels include green aviation fuels, green gasoline, and green diesel from a variety of biomass feedstocks.
Today's Funding Opportunity Announcement targets two crucial areas:
- Algal Biofuels Consortia (one or two awards of between $25 million and $50 million to develop cost-effective, algae-based biofuels). The DOE has three primary topics of interest:
- Growing different strains of algae;
- Harvesting and extracting the lipids and carbohydrates from algae; and
- Conversion techniques to produce biofuels from algae.
- Advanced, Infrastructure-Compatible Biofuels Consortia (one award up to $35 million; 20% cost-share). The team will focus on using the existing production and distribution infrastructure without significant modification or construction to meet domestic transportation needs:
- The DOE is looking for technology that is already sufficiently advanced to be capable of scale-testing at the end of three years.
Applicants must be part of a consortium and will have to provide a 20% cost-share from nonfederal funds. In keeping with ARRA's goals, applicants will have to include a description of how their project will impact job creation and retention. Applicants do not have to submit a letter of intent; applications are due September 14, 2009.
If you have questions about any of these funding opportunity announcements or other renewable energy issues, or if you would like to discuss the possibility of your project applying for these or other government funds, please contact:
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