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DE-FOA-0001433: MEGA-BIO: BIOPRODUCTS TO ENABLE BIOFUELS

The purpose of Modification 000001 is to update page 8, under Section I.c, "Applications specifically not of interest," the following bullet was deleted: "Applications that propose to develop technology that relies on purely heterotrophic algae cultivation."

The Bioenergy Technologies, MegaBio: Bioproducts to Enable BioFuels Informational Webinar was held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 and standard procedures were discussed. Due to technical difficulties the video version of the  webinar presentation could not be posted. The slides and transcript have been provided in the Documents section of this announcement.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announces a notice of availability of funds for financial assistance addressing the development of flexible biomass to hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can be modified to produce advanced fuels and/or products based on external factors, such as market demand. These pathways could consist of a route to a platform chemical that could be converted to products or fuels or a route that coproduces chemicals and fuels.

BETO has a goal of meeting the 2022 cost target of $3/gallon gasoline equivalent (gge) for the production of renewable hydrocarbon fuels from lignocellulosic biomass. One approach BETO has taken previously to achieve this goal is to focus on conversion pathways that produce biofuels, with little or no emphasis on coproducing bioproducts. As BETO increasingly focuses on hydrocarbon fuels, it is examining strategies that capitalize on revenue from bioproducts as part of cost-competitive biofuel production.

A variety of technology pathways can be used to produce renewable hydrocarbon biofuels, but many of them require the production of value-added chemicals and products in the near-term to achieve an attractive rate of return on cost-competitive fuels. Value-added chemicals and products can also incentivize the de-risking of “front end” processes (from feedstock logistics through to deconstruction) which are also necessary for fuel production. It is important to note that while bioproducts are seen as a valuable strategy for enabling fuels, the BETO is not interested in pursuing R&D solely on bioproducts without a fuels component.

The intent of this FOA, therefore, is to identify R&D projects that develop biomass to hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce variable amounts of fuels and products based on external factors, such as market demand. These pathways could consist of a route to a platform chemical that could be converted to products or fuels or a route that coproduces chemicals and fuels. Successful applications will include a clear justification for producing the target molecule(s) from biomass, a compelling narrative explaining how the target product(s) will enable biofuels, and supporting techno-economic analysis and life cycle analysis.

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Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001433-_MEGABIO_-_Bioproducts_to_Enable_Biofuels_Modification_000001 (Last Updated: 2/9/2016 10:14 AM ET)
  • Webinar Slides (Last Updated: 2/19/2016 03:12 PM ET)
  • Questions and Answers Regarding the Content of this FOA (Last Updated: 5/9/2016 04:50 PM ET)
  • Webinar Transcript (Last Updated: 2/19/2016 03:13 PM ET)

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  • SF-424_-_Application_for_Federal_Assistance (Last Updated: 2/5/2016 10:22 AM ET)
  • EERE_303_-_Statement_of_Project_Objectives_(SOPO) (Last Updated: 2/5/2016 10:22 AM ET)
  • EERE_335_-_Budget_Justification (Last Updated: 2/5/2016 10:22 AM ET)
  • Summary_Slide_Template (Last Updated: 2/5/2016 10:23 AM ET)
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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/26/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/15/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 5/23/2016 7:00 AM ET – 5/25/2016 8:00 PM ET