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DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office Demonstrates Sustained Support of Advanced Biofuels Industry  

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office recently released an outline of their budget for FY15, which includes programs designed to help “transform the nation’s renewable and abundant biomass resources into cost-competitive, high-performance biofuels.” The budget revealed programs that will help stimulate development of conversion technologies and boost the productivity of sustainable feedstocks and algae, while cutting capital and operating costs of commercial-scale production. ABFA applauds this type of government commitment that promotes the growth of the advanced biofuels industry to help create jobs and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.

Here is a quick rundown of Bioenergy Technologies Office’s priorities impacting the biofuels industry in FY15 with a funding table illustrating current and proposed program areas, which we encourage Congress to support.

  • Feedstocks Production and Logistics: Develop strategies, technologies, and systems that can sustainably provide feedstock to a conversion reactor for a total cost of no more than $80/dry ton by FY 2017, while meeting conversion process specifications and providing sufficient volume to meet demand.
  • Algae: Pursue research in advanced biology and carbon dioxide utilization to leverage capabilities at the algae test bed facilities and lay a foundation for breakthroughs needed to meet the FY 2022 algae productivity target (5,200 gallons of biofuel intermediate per acre of cultivation per year).
  • Conversion Technologies: Conduct high-impact conversion technology R&D to demonstrate $3/gge drop in hydrocarbon biofuels by 2017 and 2022 using a wide array of feedstock and conversion technologies, with at least 50% greenhouse gas reduction on a lifecycle basis.
  • Demonstration and Deployment: Advance biofuel commercial deployment through scale-up of integrated biorefinery demonstrations of high-volume potential hydrocarbon pathways, as well as support of military-specification jet fuel in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Defense Production Act.
(Dollars in Thousands) FY 2013 Current FY 2014 Enacted FY 2015 Request
Feedstocks (Including Algae) 47,359 46,972 30,500
Conversion Technologies 75,140 101,384 100,500
Demonstration and Deployment 43,630 64,790 105,000
Strategic Analysis and Cross-Cutting Sustainability 14,939 12,146 11,000
Cookstoves 4,122 1,998 0
NREL Site-Wide Facility Support 0 5,000 6,200
Total, Bioenergy Technologies 185,190 232,290 253,200

You can view the Bioenergy Technologies Office FY15 Budget At-A-Glance on DOE’s EERE website.

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