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February 9, 2023

DOE Announces $25.5 Million to Improve Biofuels and Bioproducts; Concept Papers Due March 20, 2023

Lynn L Bergeson

By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton
On February 8, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $25.5 million in funding to enable the sustainable use of domestic biomass and waste resources, such as agricultural residues and algae, to produce low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts. DOE notes that this funding will advance the Biden Administration’s goals of delivering an equitable, clean energy future, and will put the United States on a path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by 2050. According to DOE, the “Reducing Agricultural Carbon Intensity and Protecting Algal Crops” funding opportunity will improve the production of environmentally sustainable feedstocks for bioenergy through two topic areas:

  • Climate-Smart Agricultural Practices for Low-Carbon Intensity Feedstocks; and
  • Algae Crop Protection.

DOE states that “[r]ecognizing that decarbonizing transportation and agriculture are inherently linked when it comes to the thoughtful production and deployment of biofuels, this funding opportunity focuses on improving climate-smart agricultural practices that reduce the carbon intensity of biomass feedstocks used for biofuel production, and cultivating and protecting algae crops, an abundant and renewable biofuel source.” Both topic areas support DOE’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Grand Challenge goal of furthering the production of 35 billion gallons of SAF annually by 2050.
Concept papers are due by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) March 20, 2023, and full applications are due by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on May 16, 2023.