DOE Opens Funding Opportunity to Increase Algae Yields

By Erin Voegele | January 18, 2013

The U.S. DOE has opened up a new funding opportunity aimed at increasing algae yields. According to the DOE, the goal of the funding opportunity is to demonstrate, on the scale of 1 acre, a yield of 2,500 gallons of biofuel feedstock—or equivalent dry weight basis—per acre per year, by 2018.

Over a relatively long-term 60 month time period, selected projects will work to integrate research and development on comprehensive mid-scale processes that comprise everything from algae strain development, to the production of biofuel intermediates. The three main priority areas described by the DOE include improving the productivity of algae biomass, improving preprocessing technologies, and making technical advances to enable integration of different algae production operations.

The funding opportunity document published by the DOE specifies that cooperative agreements are expected to be awarded under the program, and that $10-$20 million is expected to be available in 2013, with an additional $10-$20 expected to be available for continuation awards made in later years.

Individual awards can be made in the range of $1-$5 million. Projects selected for a continuation award would be eligible for up to $10 million in total funding. According to the DOE, it expects to make 2-7 awards under the funding opportunity.

To apply for the funding, a concept paper must be submitted by Feb. 11, with full applications due April. 1.

The full funding opportunity announcement can be accessed here

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2 Responses

  1. Lui



    While I'm sure most of us are glad the DOE is posturing for commercialization, it seems they are still not serious about getting results. I read through the FOA and 15% of the funds can be used for equipment upgrades only. No new construction. So my question to the DOE is, what is 85% of $10 million dollars being spent on if not for the equipment needed to commercialize? This is another tragic example of wasting taxpayer dollars.

  2. Sanjuanita



    (Paperback) I read this book cover-to-cover over the course of a colpue of weeks. I'm new to the field of renewable energy, so you'll have to take my criticisms for what they are, a critique of the writing: 1) The author frequently repeats himself, and sometimes goes so far to state that he is repeating himself, and that the reader should refer back to a previous section. 2) Many of the references are so and so claims such and such or references to the Home Power magazine. It's great that the author cites his sources, but it often left me wondering if the author placed any stock in the claim being reported. 3) The author frequently refers to his own house, which was designed from the ground up to use renewable energy. While this is neat, it doesn't seem applicable to readers who already own houses (with a 99% chance that they're not nearly as efficient, and that it's not possible to convert them). 4) I would have enjoyed more information on solar power, since it seems to be the most applicable in urban and suburban areas. Instead, it received basically equal treatment alongside micro-hydroelectric and wind power. Still, it's a good book 3.5 stars and contains a number of references to other sources of information on the topic.


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