The US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management’s Carbon Utilization Program have announced up to US$19 million in federal funding for the advancement of technologies that utilize waste carbon to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and produce reliable feedstocks for biotechnologies.
The funding opportunity announcement (FOA), entitled “Carbon Utilization Technology: Improving Efficient Systems for Algae,” specifically aims to increase the capability of algal systems to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) and put it to productive use. Capturing this waste carbon then allows for algae to be cultivated into a variety of biofuels and bioproducts. The deployment of algal technologies in these projects will help lower algal system cost, while decreasing GHG emissions. Additionally, this FOA will contribute to BETO’s goal of producing at least 3 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuels by 2030.
The FOA has two topic areas:
- Topic Area 1: Carbon utilization efficiency from biomass- or atmospheric-based sources of CO2
- Topic Area 2: Algae-based technology to utilize anthropogenic CO2 from utility and industrial sources
Concept papers for this FOA are due by March 18, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Applications for this FOA are due by May 27, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. ET.
More information on this funding program can be found here:
Questions can be emailed to: FY22CarbonUtilizationFOA@ee.doe.gov