Innovations for producing algae based fuels and chemicals will get another boost now that the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is moving forward with a significant new funding opportunity.
ARPA-E’s Teaming List Announcement, entitled “SCALABLE MACROALGAE CULTIVATION TECHNOLOGIES FOR FUELS AND CHEMICALS” can be found at: https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/#FoaIdd498e9ab-b0a1-45fe-84da-597841a50de1
The Algae Biomass Organization had a strong presence at ARPA-E’s February workshop to explore possible funding in this area, and was able to provide ARPA-E staff with input about progress among ABO’s membership. This latest funding builds on past ARPA-E Funding Opportunity Announcements that have supported up to $30 million in project applications.
Marc von Keitz, ARPA-E’s program leader in this area, will be moderating a session on macroalgae developments at this year’s Algae Biomass Summit in Phoenix, Oct 23-26. This will be a great opportunity to hear about the latest progress in producing sustainable fuels and chemical from algae.
The FOA itself is expected to be issued in November 2016.