U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

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Algae Biomass Supply Request for Information

January 3, 2011

On December 29, 2010, the Biomass Program released a request for information (RFI) seeking input from industry, academia, and other biofuels stakeholders regarding supply systems and services for the production, handling, storage, transport, and delivery of algae biomass. The RFI and instructions for submitting a response are available on the FedConnect Web site by searching for Reference number: DE-FOA-0000466. Responses are requested by March 1, 2011.  

Background: The Biomass Program’s National Algal Biofuels Technology Roadmap report, released publicly in June 2010, highlights some of the commercialization opportunities and challenges for algae.  It is the intent of the Program to address the Roadmap’s technology barriers that can directly impact the cost and sustainability of producing algal biofuels at a commercial scale. The Program is investing in various algal biomass and biofuels production research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects. Reliable and readily available supplies of sufficient volumes and varieties of algal biomass and metabolites are currently lacking and are needed to support current and anticipated Department of Energy (DOE) RD&D program efforts.  

Purpose and Need for Information: The purpose of this RFI is solely to solicit input for DOE consideration in the development of future algal biofuel RD&D programs. Information obtained is meant to be used by DOE on a non-attribution basis. This RFI provides algae stakeholders with an opportunity to contribute their views of any requirements necessary to develop reliable and readily available supplies of algal biomass and metabolites. Multiple types of algae, including microalgae, cyanobacteria, and macroalgae, are of interest. Recommendations are sought for equipment, sustainability factors, common practices, and financing needs to establish and maintain algal biomass supplies. As the result of this RFI, DOE may determine to issue a formal Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for this area.