US Department of Energy announces bioenergy R&D funding

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced over $79 million (€70.5 million) in funding for research and development (R&D) in bioenergy, which includes biofuels, bioproducts and biopower.

“At DOE, we are focused on expanding America’s energy supply, growing the economy, and enhancing energy security, which will all be furthered by the significant advancements made in bioenergy technologies,” said Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes.

“The funding opportunities announced today will help ensure our nation’s competitive advantage in the emerging bioeconomy and allow us to continue to offer US consumers and businesses more homegrown energy choices.”

The DOE has listed a total of 10 topic areas under the funding, which aim to advance the department’s Bioenergy Technology Office’s objectives to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, reduce the cost of biopower and enable high-value products from biomass and waste resources.

The topics include:

  • Cultivation intensification processes for algae
  • Biomass component variability and feedstock conversion interface
  • Efficient wood heaters
  • Systems research of hydrocarbon biofuel technologies
  • Optimisation of biomass-derived jet fuel blends
  • Renewable energy from urban and suburban wastes
  • Advanced bioprocessing and agile biofoundry
  • Plastics in the circular carbon economy
  • Rethinking anaerobic digestion
  • Reducing water, energy and emissions in bioenergy

More information on the topics can be found here.

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