U.S. DOE allots $6 million to biomass supply chain technologies

By Anna Simet | January 28, 2013

The U.S. DOE has made $6 million available for projects focused on developing and demonstrating supply chain technologies that will enable delivery of commercial-scale lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks to U.S. biorefineries.

The funding opportunity will focus on strategies, equipment, and rapid analytical methods to manage feedstock quality within economic constraints throughout the feedstock supply chain.  These systems should be comprehensive, integrated commercial-scale systems that will handle the harvesting, collection, preprocessing, transport, and storage of biomass feedstocks.

 The main effort in proposals must be directed toward full-scale demonstration of integrated feedstock supply chain systems that can deliver the volume of high quality, affordable, high-impact feedstocks required by commercial biorefineries over a significant geographic area in the U.S., according to the DOE.

Two multi-year projects will be selected. There will be a required cost share contribution by the grant recipient, including 20 percent for research and development activities and 50 percent for demonstration activities.   

DOE is seeking Applications from eligible entities, teams or consortia that include at least one original equipment manufacturer of industrial/agricultural equipment used in harvest, collection, preprocessing, transport, and/or storage of lignocellulosic feedstocks. Additionally, each application must include at least one biorefinery partner that is developing or commercializing a process to manufacture advanced cellulosic biofuel product. It is expected that the biorefinery partners will contribute, at a minimum, the in-feed specifications for its conversion process, which will serve as the target quality parameters for applications submitted.

One entity from each set of consortium partners must be designated as the lead organization by members of the consortium.

Eligible applicants, teams or consortia may design entirely new equipment, use existing equipment, modify existing equipment, or propose some combination of these to accomplish their goals.

Click here for more information on the funding notice.