U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
EERE Financial Opportunities
DOE Offers $200 Million for Small-Scale Cellulosic Biorefineries
May 1, 2007
DOE announced on May 1st that it will provide up to $200 million over
five years to support the development of small-scale cellulosic
biorefineries in the United States. The projects will involve
designing, building, and operating biorefineries at one-tenth of
commercial scale. The small-scale biorefineries will convert
cellulosic biomass—trees, grasses, and agricultural residues—into liquid transportation fuels such as ethanol, as well as biobased
chemicals and products. DOE expects to award funds to 5 to 10 small
biorefineries that demonstrate breakthrough technologies, can quickly
be moved to commercial scale, and are supported by sound business
strategy. Applicants must cover at least half the cost of the projects
and must submit their applications by August 14th. See the
DOE press release and the full
funding opportunity announcement.
The new funding will complement DOE's earlier funding announcement of
$385 million over four years to develop six full-scale biorefineries.
While the full-scale biorefineries will focus on near-term commercial
processes, the small facilities developed with this new funding will
experiment with new refining processes and feedstocks. See the article
from the EERE Network News on the earlier funding announcement.