Energy Department Announces Request for Information on Waste-to-Energy Technologies
June 11, 2013
The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has announced a request for information (RFI) regarding waste-to-energy (WTE) technologies. “Waste Applications for Sustainable Technologies for Energy” seeks feedback from stakeholders on the state of technology and commercial readiness of WTE.
WTE technologies repurpose a variety of waste sources with thermochemical conversion processes to create bioenergy, biofuels, or bioproducts. The most common example involves the incineration of municipal solid waste. Waste represents a plentiful, untapped resource in the United States; the majority of municipal solid waste is sent to landfills, releasing nearly one billion metric tons of methane into the atmosphere every year. Developing this resource into commercially-viable biomass has numerous benefits, including reducing methane emissions and facilitating energy independence and security.
The RFI will collect input from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders to assist the Department and BETO with the development of a targeted program in advanced WTE technologies. The resulting submissions will inform the Department on the need for financial assistance to advance these technologies to achieve widespread commercialization. Categories within the RFI include the state of the industry and overall readiness; the transition from pilot to commercial scale; and distributed- and community-scale applications of WTE.