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DE-FOA-0001471: ADVANCEMENTS IN ALGAL BIOMASS YIELD, PHASE 2 (ABY2)

 

The Bioenergy Technologies Office's (BETO) Advanced Algal Systems Program seeks projects that will develop technologies that are likely to succeed in producing 3,700 gallons of algal biofuel intermediate (or equivalent dry weight basis) per acre per year (gal/acre/yr) on an annualized average basis (not peak or projected) through multiple batch campaigns or on a semi-continuous or continuous basis, in an outdoor test environment by 2020. In general, “biofuel intermediates” are biomass-based feedstocks that can replace petroleum-based feedstocks in downstream refining. Biofuel intermediates should be able to be treated as commodities and passed from a producer to a refiner through the supply chain. Biofuel intermediates can be refined into a variety of liquid transportation fuels such as, but not limited to: ethanol, renewable diesel, and renewable jet fuel. The average yield target of 3,700 gal/acre/yr of intermediate must be achieved under conditions that result in favorable lifecycle greenhouse gas reductions and techno-economic analyses (energy return on investment – energy content of final products/energy input, assuming mature scale deployment of technologies).

BETO’s Advanced Algal Systems Program has a goal of demonstrating, at a process development unit scale, algal biofuel intermediate yield of 2,500 gallons per acre per year by 2018 and 5,000 per acre per year by 2022. This FOA is directed at the interim yield between the two target yields and target years. It is expected that projects selected under this FOA will be well on their way to demonstrating the 2,500 gal/acre/yr (at a minimum, projects must be able to produce between 1,900 and 2,500 gal/acre/yr on an annualized average basis at the beginning of the proposed project – the project baseline) with a reasonable and realistic plan to produce 3,700 gal/acre/yr by the end of the performance period.

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Replies to Reviewer Comments

Expected time frame: May 11, 2016 12:00PM to May 13, 2016 11:59PM Eastern Time

During this time period, EERE will provide eligible applicants with reviewer comments and an opportunity to provide a short reply. This is an optional submission. Review Sections IV.A and IV.E of the FOA for content and form requirements.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001471 - Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 (ABY2) (Last Updated: 1/14/2016 04:54 PM ET)
  • FOA FAQs - Questions and answers regarding the content of this FOA (Last Updated: 1/28/2016 06:59 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Full Application

  • ABY2 - Technical/Financial Data Sheet (Last Updated: 1/14/2016 07:00 PM ET)
  • SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 1/14/2016 07:02 PM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) (Last Updated: 1/14/2016 07:03 PM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 1/14/2016 07:04 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 1/14/2016 07:04 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 1/14/2016 07:05 PM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/12/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/25/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 5/11/2016 12:00 PM ET – 5/13/2016 11:59 PM ET