DOE seeks pilot-scale for biofuels, biobased products

     Applications are due March 4 to respond to a U.S. DOE request for information about public and private sector capabilities in pilot scale verification of biofuels and bioproducts processes. The DOE is seeking input from industry, academia, national laboratories and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing pilot or process development scale facilities integrating multiple unit operations on a scale of at least 0.5 ton of dry biomass input per day, or larger.

     In the past, DOE’s Bioenergy Technolgies Office conducted pilot-scale runs at national laboratory facilties, and is interested in learning more about private sector capabilities. In addition, in the 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, Congress directed DOE to “develop a comprehensive list of existing demonstration and pilot-scale multi-user facilities for bio-based products, chemicals, and intermediates…and report to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress not later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act.”

     The scope of the request is wide. DOE seeks to develop a comprehensive list facilities for biofuels and bio-based products, chemicals, and intermediates, including synthesis gas, cellulosic sugars, bio-oil, hydrogen, biogas and methane. The request is for information only, and is not associated with a funding opportunity.

     The RFI includes questions about the technology pathway, unit operations, integration, accessibility, analytical capabilities and staff and permits.