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Forest Products Industry of the Future

Funding: $2 million–$4 million

Open Date: 03/31/2005

Close Date: 08/02/2005

Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-PS36-05GO95008


The development and implementation of new technologies of high value and high technical risk is a continuing goal of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Industrial Technologies Program. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking applications for cost-shared research and development (R&D) of technologies that will increase energy efficiency, enhance economic competitiveness, and reduce the environmental impacts of the domestic forest products industry. 

The focus of this funding opportunity announcement is to develop advanced water removal technologies used during the paper-making process. In addition, this announcement seeks proposals to define, through early-stage R&D, breakthrough concepts in next-generation mill processes. Proposed research should focus on developments robust enough to handle process conditions found in systems of commercial interest. These technologies should achieve energy savings greater than 10 trillion BTUs/yr and about 30% reduction in energy intensity over existing technologies when fully implemented across the industry. For the purpose of this announcement, technologies that displace fossil fuels with renewable energy resources are considered energy-saving technologies. Proposals must show significant advantages over current technology and attractive returns on capital invested. 

Last updated: 08/03/2009

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.