Secretary of Energy announces integrated biorefinery optimization projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. — US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 MM in total DOE funding to optimize integrated biorefineries.

These projects will work to solve critical research and developmental challenges encountered for the successful scale-up and reliable operations of integrated biorefineries (IBRs), decrease capital and operating expenses, and focus on the manufacture of advanced or cellulosic biofuels and higher-value bioproducts. These investments support the development of bioproducts, a workforce in bioenergy, and help to spur the creation of a sustainable domestic bioeconomy.

This Integrated Biorefinery Optimization funding opportunity is coordinated and supported jointly between DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). More information on the NIFA program can be found on the agency website.

Each of the selected IBR projects is focused on one or more of the following topic areas:

  • Topic Area 1: Robust, continuous handling of solid materials (dry and wet feedstocks, biosolids, and/or residual solids remaining in the process) and feeding systems to reactors under various operating conditions
  • Topic Area 2: High-value products from waste and/or other undervalued streams in an integrated biorefinery
  • Topic Area 3: Industrial separations within an integrated biorefinery (no projects have been selected from topic area 3)
  • Topic Area 4: Analytical modeling of solid materials (dry and wet feedstocks and/or residual solids remaining in the process) and reactor feeding systems.

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