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DOE awards USD 12.9m to 6 bioenergy projects

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December 29 (SeeNews) - The Energy Department (DOE) is awarding USD 12.9 million (EUR 12.4m) in federal funds to six US pilot and demonstration-scale bioenergy projects, it said Wednesday.

These funds come under phase I of the “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower.” Details on the winning projects are available in the table.

Company Funding (in USD) Project focus
Avapco LLC 3.7 million Demo-scale integrated biorefinery to use a biomass-to-ethanol and alcohol-to-jet processes to make jet fuel from woody biomass.
LanzaTech Inc 4 million Integrated demo-scale biorefinery to make low-carbon jet and diesel fuels from industrial waste gases.
Global Algae Innovations 1.2 million Pilot-scale algae biofuel facility with improved productivity of open pond cultivation and more energy-efficient algae harvest.
ThermoChem Recovery International Inc 0.8 million Pilot-scale integrated biorefinery to produce transportation fuels from woody waste and agricultural feedstocks.
Rialto Bioenergy LLC 2 million Biorefinery that will convert biomass into a high-nutrient fertilizer and produce biopower.
Water Environment & Reuse Foundation 1.2 million Pilot-scale integrated biorefinery to turn wastewater treatment sludge into biocrude oil, biogas, and fertilizer.

The projects can apply for phase II funding, seen to be awarded in 2018, if they demonstrate progress and the ability to alone secure financing for 50% of the total cost. Additional federal funds of up to USD 15 million are planned for pilot-scale facilities and up to USD 45 million for demonstration-scale facilities.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.96)

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