BY KELLY MADSEN | IOWA ENERGY CENTER
The Bioenergy Technologies Office seeks stakeholder feedback regarding bioenergy technology validation to accelerate the deployment of advanced biofuel, bioproducts, and biopower technologies. BETO is specifically interested in information technologies that are ready for technology validation at a technology readiness level (TRL) of 6 or higher. TRLs 6-8 generally correspond to pilot-, demonstration-, and commercial-scale biorefinery operations.
The BETO Demonstration and Deployment (D&D) Technology Area’s goal is to reduce the risk of bioenergy production technologies through validated proof of performance at the pilot-, demonstration-, and commercial-scale and to remove any additional barriers to deployment. The D&D goal is achieved through public-private partnerships that build and/or operate integrated biorefineries, and through projects focused on infrastructure and end-use market barriers. The integrated biorefinery activities are essential for resolving key issues in the construction and scale-up of advanced bioenergy systems, primarily by reducing risk to help overcome the commercial financing barriers that are currently facing the bioenergy industry. BETO is issuing a broad request for information (RFI) looking for input regarding conversion technologies, feedstock technologies, and enabling technologies that will help us achieve our goal.
All responses to this RFI must be provided as an attachment in an email message addressed to DDRFI@go.doe.gov with the subject line “Response to Demonstration and Deployment Strategies RFI.” These must be sent no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 6, 2013.