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Categorical Exclusion Determinations: B3.6

Existing Regulations

B3.6: Small-scale research and development, laboratory operations, and pilot projects
Siting, construction, modification, operation, and decommissioning of facilities for small-scale research and development projects; conventional laboratory operations (such as preparation of chemical standards and sample analysis); and small-scale pilot projects (generally less than 2 years) frequently conducted to verify a concept before demonstration actions, provided that construction or modification would be within or contiguous to a previously disturbed or developed area (where active utilities and currently used roads are readily accessible). Not included in this category are demonstration actions, meaning actions that are undertaken at a scale to show whether a technology would be viable on a larger scale and suitable for commercial deployment.

Previous Regulations

Categorical Exclusion Determinations dated before November 14th, 2011 were issued under previous DOE NEPA regulations. See the Notice of Final Rulemaking (76 FR 63763, 10/13/2011) for information changes to this categorical exclusion.

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  • January 28, 2015

    Continuous Membrane Assisted IBE fermentation from AVAP(R) Sugars
    Award Number: DE-EE0006879
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Bioenergy Technologies Office
    Date: 01/28/2015
    Location(s): GA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to provide funding to American Process, Inc. (API) to improve the individual unit operations and the integration of the unit operations for the production of isopropanol, butanol and ethanol solvents from agricultural and woody cellulosic biomass using Continuous Membrane Assisted IBE (isopropanol-butanol-ethanol) Fermentation.

    The proposed project activities would consist of data analysis; computer modeling; preliminary engineering and design; and laboratory and pilot-scale research and development. Laboratory-scale research and development would occur at both the University of Maine and the API facility in Thomaston, GA while all pilot-scale research and development activities would occur at the API facility. The API facility is an existing plant currently used for biomass conversion. The project would develop a continuous fermentation system involving the biological conversion of cellulosic sugars produced by the existing API facility into a mixture of butanol, isopropanol and ethanol. A total of 1,570 kilograms of solvent would be produced throughout the duration of the project. Physical modifications to the facility as a result of the proposed project would include new insulation, air-conditioning and general water and sewer hookups as well as a new walk-in fume hood and exhaust system to allow for the installation of new fermentation and solvent extraction equipment in an existing lab storage area.
    Continuous Membrane Assisted IBE fermentation from AVAP(R) Sugars
    Award Number: DE-EE0006879
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Bioenergy Technologies Office
    Date: 01/28/2015
    Location(s): GA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • January 15, 2015

    High Thermal Conductivity Polymer Composites for Low Cost Plastic Heat Exchangers
    Award Number: DE-EE0005775
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Date: 01/15/2015
    Location(s): CT
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • January 14, 2015

    Catalytic Processes for Production of alpha, omega-diols from Lignocellulosic Biomass
    Award Number: DE-EE0006878
    CX(s) Applied: B3.6, B5.15
    Date: 01/14/2015
    Location(s): WI
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • January 14, 2015

    Biomass Conversion to Acrylonitrile Monomer-Precursor for Production of Carbon Fibers
    Award Number: DE-EE0006781
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B5.15
    Date: 01/14/2015
    Location(s): NC
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • January 6, 2015

    Lactic Acid Producing Methanotrophic Bacteria (LPMB) for Biological Upgrading of Biomethane
    Award Number: DE-EE0006876
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B5.15
    Date: 01/06/2015
    Location(s): MN
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 22, 2014

    Directional Measurement-While-Drilling System for Geothermal Applications
    Award Number: DE-EE0005505
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B3.11
    Date: 12/22/2014
    Location(s): TX
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 18, 2014

    Bio-Oxo Technology
    Award Number: DE-EE0005773
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Date: 12/18/2014
    Location(s): CA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 17, 2014

    Advanced Laboratory and Field Arrays (ALFA) for Marine Energy
    Award Number: DE-EE0006816
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Date: 12/17/2014
    Location(s): OR
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 17, 2014

    Low-Cost Bio-Based Carbon Fiber for High-Temperature Processing
    Award Number: DE-EE0005779
    CX(s) Applied: B3.6
    Date: 12/17/2014
    Location(s): OH
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 11, 2014

    Current Energy Harnessing using Synergistic Kinematics of Schools of Fish-Shaped Bodies
    Award Number: DE-EE0006780
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Date: 12/11/2014
    Location(s): MI
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 10, 2014

    Sacrificial Protective Coating Materials that can be Regenerated In-Situ to Enable High Performance Membranes strong>
    Award Number: DE-EE0005759
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B3.15
    Date: 12/10/2014
    Location(s): CA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 2, 2014

    Novel Membranes and Systems for Industrial and Municipal Water Purification and Reuse
    Award Number: DE-EE0005771
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B3.15
    Date: 12/2/2014
    Location(s): NY
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 1, 2014

    Hydro Research Foundation - Duke
    Award Number: DE-EE0006506
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B3.16
    Date: 12/01/20147
    Location(s): CO
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 1, 2014

    Biodiversity Research Institute
    Award Number: DE-EE0006803
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Date: 12/01/20147
    Location(s): ME
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 1, 2014

    No Heat Spray Drying Technology
    Award Number: DE-EE0005774
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Date: 12/01/2014
    Location(s): KY
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 1, 2014

    Development and Implementation of an Automatic Continuous Online Monitoring and Control Platform for Polymerization Reactions to Sharply Boost Energy and Resource Efficiency in Polymer Manufacturing
    Award Number: DE-EE0006270
    CX(s) Applied: B3.6
    Date: 12/1 /2014
    Location(s): LA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • November 26, 2014

    Coatings and Process Development Reduced Energy Automotive OEM Manufacturing
    Award Number: DE-EE0005777
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Date: 11/26 /2014
    Location(s): PA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • November 26, 2014

    A novel unit operation to remove hydrophobic contaminants
    Award Number: DE-EE0005772
    CX(s) Applied: B3.6
    Date: 11/26 /2014
    Location(s): WI
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • November 24, 2014

    Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Van Deployment Project
    Award Number: DE-EE0006523
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B5.15
    Date: 11/24/2014
    Location(s): GA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • November 19, 2014

    Advancing Commercialization of Algal Biofuels Through Increased Biomass Productivity and Technical Integration
    Award Number: DE-EE0006637
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B5.15
    Date: 11/19/2014
    Location(s): HI
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • November 14, 2014

    North Carolina State University
    Award Number: DE-EE0006521
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B1.31, B3.6
    Date: 11/14/2014
    Location(s): NC
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • November 14, 2014

    Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation
    Award Number: DE-EE0006714
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Date: 11/14/2014
    Location(s): OH
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • November 14, 2014

    Icebreaker Foundation Engineering and Assessment
    Award Number: DE-EE0006714
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
    Date: 11/14/2014
    Location(s): OH
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • November 13, 2014

    Brittmore Group LLC
    Award Number: DE-EE0006378
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B5.16
    Date: 11/13/2014
    Location(s): CA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • October 29, 2014

    Hydrothermal Liquefaction Pathways for Low-Nitrogen Biocrude from Wet Algae
    Award Number: DE-EE0006635
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.16, B3.6
    Date: 10/29/2014
    Location(s): CA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office