$40 Million for Production of Advanced Biofuels from Algae

A new announcement of the Department of Energy has been released concerning a funding opportunity for advanced biofuels focusing on military and aviation use. About $40 million are going to be spent along 2012/2013 on lignocellulosic and algal biofuel production plants.

The intent of this new funding opportunity is “to identify, evaluate, and select innovative pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefineries that can produce hydrocarbon fuels that meet military specifications for JP-5 (jet fuel primarily for the Navy), JP-8 (jet fuel primarily for the Air Force), or F-76 (diesel). The primary focus Integrated biorefineries proposed for this funding opportunity may employ various combinations of feedstocks and conversion technologies to produce a variety of products, but the primary focus must be on producing biofuels. Novel and highly innovative technologies are strongly encouraged.”

Besides lignocellulosic biofuel production also algae biotechnologies are to be funded. This topic area “requests applicants to design, construct and/or operate an integrated pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery in order to validate the proposed technology using an acceptable algal type feedstock, to produce an acceptable biofuel.”

Info on Funding Announcement:

Innovative Pilot and Demonstration Scale Production of Advanced Biofuels
Funding Opportunity Announcement Number: DE-FOA-0000739
Issue Date: June 15, 2012

Concept Paper Due Date: July 16, 2012, 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Applicants must submit a Concept Paper by the due date to be eligible to submit an Application.

Application Due Date: August 13, 2012, 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Download the complete FOA here