DOE funds 2 biogas fuel projects

By Erin Voegele | July 30, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy announced July 29 it is awarding $50 million to support commercial truck, off-road vehicle, and gaseous fuels research. Two of the 24 funded projects focus specifically on biogas-based fuels.  

According to the DOE, the funding is will be awarded through its Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The selected projects highlight the DOE’s priorities in gaseous fuels research, including natural gas, biopower and hydrogen; heavy-duty freight electrification; hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell technologies for heavy-duty applications; and energy efficient off-road vehicles.

"As the fastest growing fuel users in the United States, it is important our trucking industry has access to  advanced technologies, such as electrification and fuel cells, as a way to move goods efficiently and economically," said Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes. "EERE has a strong track record of successful investment in the research and development of a broad portfolio of technologies, including electrification, advanced combustion engines, and fuels such as natural gas, hydrogen, and biofuels, that can significantly improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of transportation energy. These selections reinforce DOE’s commitment to sustainable transportation options."

The two biogas-related awards were made to North Carolina State University and Washington State University under the category of waste-to-energy.

NCSU was awarded nearly $2.5 million for a project titled “Renewable natural gas from carbonaceous wastes via phase transition CO2/O2 sorbent enhanced chemical looping gasification.” WSU will receive more than $2.23 million for a project titled “Develop an efficient and cost-effective novel anaerobic digestion system producing high purity methane from diverse waste biomass.”

A full list of the 24 funded projects is available on the DOE website.