DOE Announces Feedstock Logistics Industrial Partnership Funding Opportunity

March 19, 2009

DOE will invest in awards lasting one to three years, subject to annual appropriations.  

The intent of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate the design and demonstration of a comprehensive system to handle the harvesting, collection, preprocessing, transport, and storage of sustainably produced feedstocks.  This FOA will support the expansion of the domestic biofuels industry, which is needed to meet the requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 Renewable Fuels Standard.  

DOE will invest in awards lasting up to three years, subject to annual appropriations. This FOA requests that applicants define, design, fabricate, and demonstrate a comprehensive, industrial-scale feedstocks logistics handling system capable of supplying high impact feedstocks to support production of cellulosic biofuels.  For the purposes of this FOA, “high impact” feedstocks have the ultimate agronomical sustainable potential for at least 100 million dry metric tonnes per year.  

DOE is seeking applications from consortia, which include at least one original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of industrial/agricultural equipment used in harvest, collection, preprocessing, transport, and storage of lignocellulosic feedstocks.  Typical entities that partner with OEMs include growers, transport companies, universities, national laboratories, and biorefineries or conversion facilities.  

All aspects of harvest, collection, handling, preprocessing, transport, storage, and delivery should be addressed comprehensively in the proposal.  The biorefinery or conversion facility proposed for the demonstration must be located within the United States and use feedstocks only from domestic sources.  Consortia may design entirely new equipment, use existing equipment, modify existing equipment, or propose some combination of these.  

To support DOE’s goals, it is expected that proposed system components will be demonstrated within one to two years of applicant selection.  Full system demonstration is expected within two to three years of award date.  Systems are sought that have the capability to proceed rapidly through demonstration to commercialization.  

The "Biomass Feedstocks Logistics Systems FOA" has now been posted to FedConnect as FOA number DE-FOA-0000060. Interested parties should go to https://www.fedconnect.net, and search public opportunities and awards.