The project must meet the following requirements:
- Must be for the development and construction or the retrofitting of a commercial-scale biorefinery using an eligible technology
- Must use an eligible feedstock for the production of advanced biofuels and biobased products
- The majority of the production must be an advanced biofuels
Eligible advanced biofuels include:
- Biofuel derived from cellulose, hemicellulose, or lignin, or other fuels derived from cellulose
- Biofuel derived from sugar, starch, excluding ethanol derived from from corn kernel starch
- Biofuel derived from waste material, including crop residue, vegetative waste material, animal waste, food waste, and yard waste
- Diesel fuel derived from renewable biomass, including vegetable oil and animal fat
- Biogas, including landfill gas and sewage waste treatment gas, produced through the conversion of organic matter from renewable biomass
In 2014, "renewable chemicals" and "biofuels" were added to this program under the name of Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program to provide guaranteed loans for the development and construction of commercial-scale biorefineries or for the retrofitting of existing facilities using eligible technology for the development of advanced biofuels.
Congress allocated $75 million for FY 2009 and $245 million for FY 2010, in addition to up to $150 million in discretionary funds annually beginning in FY 2009. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended discretionary funding through FY 2013. For FY 2014, approximately $76 million in carry over budget will support a program level of approximately $181 million.
Forms must be submitted by January 30th of each program year to compete for funds. Click here for application forms.