BETO Issues Request for Information on Biofuel Pathways

May 6, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has issued a request for information (RFI) to solicit input from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on the eight representative biofuel pathways it has selected to guide its research and development (R&D) strategy. BETO also is seeking input on other pre-commercial pathways it should consider in the near to long term and is specifically interested in information related to technology readiness, process design, and economics.  

BETO pursues a pathway approach for advancing R&D of converting biomass into renewable fuels and products. After successfully demonstrating cost-competitive cellulosic ethanol production technologies in 2012, BETO initiated an effort to identify innovative pathways to hydrocarbon fuels and intermediates. The Office identified and evaluated a suite of pathways based on techno-economic potential, technology readiness, potential national impact, and environmental performance. Following this analysis process, BETO selected several representative pathways—covering thermochemical, biochemical, and algal conversion technologies—to guide its R&D strategy in the near term. The purpose of this RFI is to acquire stakeholder input on the biofuel pathways selected by BETO.  

To view the full RFI and details on submitting a response, visit the EERE Exchange website. Please Note: All responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on May 30, 2014.