DOE seeks input on cellulosic sugar, lignin production

By Erin Voegele | July 28, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) on cellulosic sugar and lignin production capacity. The department is seeking input from industry, academia, national laboratories and other stakeholders in the biofuels and bioproducts industries, asking these parties to identify existing capabilities to produce lignocellulosic sugars and lignin for use by the research community.

In a notice posted to the DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Exchange, the DOE stresses that it intends to make all information submitted in response to the RFI publically available to other interested parties. For this reason, respondents are directed not to include any proprietary, business sensitive or otherwise confidential information.

According to the DOE, information obtained through the RFI is intended for use by the government on a nonattribution basis for planning and strategy development. Within the request, the DOE poses several specific questions. Respondents are asked to identify their answers by responding to a specific question or topic if applicable. The DOE also noted respondents can answer as many or as few questions as they wish.

Responses to the RFI will be accepted electronically through Aug. 24. Additional information is available under DE-FOA-0001615 on the EERE Exchange website.