The Department of Energy yesterday issued a Request for Information on the “development of algae production and downstream processing technology to enhance the yield of algal biofuel intermediate products.”
Basically this means that DOE is looking for input on the best way future research, development and deployment projects can help produce commercial-scale yields of biomass, oils or other algae products that can ultimately be processed into biofuels. Large yields will be critical to producing competitively priced biofuels.
ABO encourages those with expertise in the algae industry to submit comments. DOE often relies on the private sector and the research community to understand the latest challenges, and the ways they might be overcome.
Responses are due by August 1, 2012. Read the full RFI for all the details, and for information on how to submit comments at the DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy site.