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DOE to Invest Up to $200 Million in Integrated Biorefineries

December 22, 2008

DOE announced on December 22 that it will invest up to $200 million over the next six fiscal years, subject to annual appropriations, to support the development of pilot- and demonstration-scale biorefineries that use feedstocks such as algae or produce advanced biofuels such as bio-butanol, green gasoline, and other innovative biofuels. DOE anticipates making approximately 5-12 awards under this announcement. This funding opportunity announcement is aimed toward funding biorefinery projects at both the pilot- and demonstration-scale levels that will be operational three to four years after the applicants are selected. The facilities should lead to commercialization in the near term. This announcement adds to the more than $1 billion DOE has already committed to research, development, and demonstration of cellulosic biofuels technology.

Mandatory letters of intent for this funding opportunity announcement are due by February 20, 2009, and completed applications are due by April 30, 2009. The projects selected will demonstrate the commercial viability for producing advanced biofuels from a variety of biomass conversion technologies and non-food feedstocks. See the DOE press release and the full text of the funding opportunity announcement on Grants.gov.