U.S. Department of Energy

DOE: Innovative Pilot and Demonstration Scale Production of Advanced Biofuels

Program Summary

The intent of this FOA 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). 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. Topic Area 1 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 lignocellulosic or waste-based feedstock, to produce an acceptable biofuel. Processes are also eligible under this topic that can utilize advanced technology approaches for the efficient conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) (rather than direct conversion of lignocellulosic biomass) directly to liquid transportation fuels. Topic Area 2 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.

Eligibility

Applicants must submit a Concept Paper by the due date (July 16, 2012) to be eligible to submit an application by the August 13, 2012, deadline.  Eligible applicants include but are not limited to: (1) institutions of higher education; (2) nonprofit and for-profit entities; (3) State and local governments; (4) Indian Tribes and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations (TERDOs); and (5) consortia of entities (1)-(4) above. If applying as a consortium, an established member of the consortium must be designated as the lead applicant.  

Applicant institutions are allowed to submit only one application per topic area, but may apply to both topic areas if they choose. Each application must propose one, and only one, integrated biorefinery technology. 

Topic Area 1: Lignocellulosic Feedstock: Topic Area 1 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 Lignocellulosic Feedstock, as defined in Section I.C.2, to produce an Acceptable Biofuel as defined in Section I.C.4.

Topic Area 2 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, as defined in Appendix A and subject to the discussion in I.C.3, to produce an Acceptable Biofuel as defined in Section I.C.4.

Award Information

Approximately $20,000,000 is expected to be available for new awards in FY2012 with up to an additional $20,000,000 in FY2013. DOE anticipates that awards will be in the $5,000,000-7,000,000 range for Topic Areas 1 and 2.

If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, please contact Cheryl Ridgeway (cheryl-a-ridgeway@uiowa.edu / 384-3332) by Friday, July 6, 2012.

Date Due to Sponsor08/13/2012
Required LOI Due Date07/16/2012
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
Email:cheryl-a-ridgeway@uiowa.edu
Phone:319-384-3332
Sponsor URL:https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/#FoaId4fc2a5ec-3cc0-4c58-8e51-8768ef965113

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