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Energy Department Requests Information on Biofuels & Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities

February 12, 2016 - 1:20pm


The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking input from industry, academia, national laboratories, and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing pilot- or process development-scale facilities with the capability to perform process verifications for biomass conversion pathways to biofuels, bioproducts, or intermediates that integrate multiple unit operations on a scale of approximately 0.5 or greater tons of dry biomass input per day.

The purpose of this request for information (RFI) is to develop a comprehensive list of locations that exist as (or are willing to act as) pilot- or process development-scale multi-user facilities for biofuels and bio-based products, chemicals, and intermediates, including synthesis gas, cellulosic sugars, bio-oil, hydrogen, biogas, and methane.  
We are exclusively requesting information on capabilities that are on the scale of approximately 0.5 tons of dry biomass input per day or greater. This information will be used to assess existing capabilities that could be leveraged to perform process verifications and determine the gaps of such an inventory. This is solely a request for information and not a funding opportunity announcement. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is not accepting applications.

The RFI includes questions in six categories:
1.    Technology Pathway
2.    Unit Operations
3.    Integration
4.    Accessibility
5.    Analytical Capabilities and Staff
6.    Permits

To read the full RFI, visit the EERE Exchange website

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy accelerates development and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. Learn more about the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s work with industry, academia, and national laboratory partners on a balanced portfolio of research in biomass feedstocks and conversion technologies.