DOE seeks input on needs related to biomass catalyst scale-up

By Erin Voegele | August 06, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has opened a request for information (RFI) that aims to help it understand current needs related to catalyst development for the conversion of biomass and waste streams.

On Aug. 2, the DOE published a notice in the Federal Register inviting public comments on its RFI “to understand research, capabilities and yet-to-be addressed challenges pertinent to production scale-up of catalysts for the conversion of biomass and waste streams.” The BETO also said it aims to understand enhancement capabilities of process development units at the DOE’s national laboratories in order to increase their impact.

According to the DOE, it is seeking information to help identify and understand additional areas of research, capabilities, and yet-to-be addressed challenges pertinent to production scale-up challenges. The RFI specifically targets novel catalysts used to efficiently convert lignocellulosic, waste and algal feedstocks into biofuels and bioproducts.  

Responses to the RFI must be received by Sept. 14. Additional information is available on the Federal Register website