The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) develops technologies that convert domestic biomass and other waste resources into fuels, products, and power to enable affordable energy, economic growth, and innovation in renewable energy and chemicals production.
To ensure our nation’s competitive advantage in the emerging bioeconomy, BETO funds research and development (R&D) of technologies to produce advanced bioenergy from terrestrial and algal biomass, biogas, and other waste streams. As part of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), BETO invests in high-impact, high-value bioenergy technology R&D that industry would be unable to pursue independently due to the high level of risk and technology uncertainty. BETO focuses on applied R&D to bolster the body of scientific and engineering knowledge that can enable industry to demonstrate and deploy high-performing drop-in biofuels and renewable chemicals at $3 per gallon gasoline equivalent ($3/GGE) in the near-term2.
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will provide funding to address the highest priority R&D areas within biofuel technologies, bioproducts, and biopower. It includes Areas of Interest (AOIs) from all five BETO programs: Feedstock Supply and Logistics; Advanced Algal Systems; Conversion; Advanced Development and Optimization; and Sustainability and Strategic Analysis. Each AOI supports BETO’s
objectives to reduce the minimum selling price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources, and improve the quality of feedstock characterization and reliability of biorefinery operations.