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International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Alternative Fuels Seminar in Montreal, Canada

26 January 2017 – On February 8-9, 2017, ICAO will host an Alternative Fuels Seminar in Montreal, Canada, to discuss the current state of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) deployment, sustainability criteria, life-cycle analysis methodologies, and the regulatory frameworks that support the deployment of SAJF. Topics and ideas discussed at this event will act as the basis for the ICAO Conference on Aviation Alternative Fuels, which will take place later in 2017. This seminar is open to the public. Registration for the Seminar is currently open; however, on-site registration will also be available.

For more information on the Seminar, refer to the event website.

USAF Releases FOA for Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Projects

24 January 2017 – On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Air Force released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for new Defense Production Act Title III Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project funding. Funding will be awarded to projects that increase the production of domestic advanced biofuels through the development of Integrated Biofuel Production Enterprise (IBPE) capabilities. IBPE capabilities should represent the entire value chain for advanced biofuels. Eligible projects must: result in domestic advanced biofuels suitable for military use, a production capacity of at least 10 million gallons per year, be produced using acceptable feedstocks, and be compliant with the Energy Independence Security Act of 2007, Section 526 for greenhouse gases.

For more information, refer to the USAF announcement.

DOE BETO and USDA NIFA Release NOI for Biomass Research and Development RFA

17 January 2017 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), released a Notice of Intent for a Request for Applications (RFA) for Fiscal Year 17 Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) on January 13, 2017. The RFA will call for applications for funding for the economic and environmental improvement of renewable biomass sources, as well as the diversification and increased availability of renewable fuels and bioproducts. Specifically, applications for funding will be requested for the following three areas:

1. Feedstocks development
2. Biofuels and biobased products development
3. Biofuels development analysis

The RFA is expected to be announced by USDA in February 2017. For more information, refer to the NOI and EERE announcement.

BETO and NIFA Announce $22.7 Million in Funding for Integrated Biorefinery Optimization

10 January 2017 – On January 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement to support research and development of “Integrated Biorefinery (IBR) Optimization.” Funding of up to $22.7 million is available in four topic areas to address the financial and technical challenges involved in IBR commercial scale up:

1) Robust handling of feedstocks, biosolids, residual solids, and feeding systems to reactors;
2) High-value end products from waste or another undervalued source;
3) Industrial IBR separations; and
4) Solid material (e.g., feedstock) modeling and reactor feeding systems.

For more information on funding availability as well as eligibility requirements, refer to the FOA.

DOE and USDA Release Report Based on 2016 Billion-Ton Report Analysis

6 January 2017 – In response to data released in the most recent Billion-Ton Report, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) formed an inter-agency team and published an article, “An Assessment of the Potential Products and Economic and Environmental Impacts Resulting from a Billion Ton Bioeconomy.” This article uses the estimated biomass production numbers laid out in the 2016 Billion-Ton report to illustrate that production of at least 1 billion tons of biomass annually within the next 15 years offers the United States many economic and environmental benefits. Learn more about the report, and read the article here.

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