DOE FY22 Scale-Up of Integrated Biorefineries and Greenhouse Gas Reduction
This FOA will accelerate research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) of technologies to lower GHG emissions from Water Resource Recovery Facilities (WRRFs) to help decarbonize our nation’s water treatment sector and move the U.S. closer to a net-zero economy by 2050.
This FOA will drive innovation to decarbonize the entire life cycle of (WRRFs). These facilities, which treat wastewater from public water systems, are among the country’s largest industrial electricity users with full lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on par with direct emissions from the food and beverage industry— one of the largest GHG-emitting industries in the United States.
This FOA includes two topic areas, the first focused on early-stage R&D at the unit process level, and the second on late-stage pilots of more comprehensive solutions.
Topic Area 1: Decarbonization of WRRF Unit Processes. Required GHG reductions of 50% minimum assessed at the unit process level 5 liters/day (L/D) throughput (assuming liquids feedstock with varying solids percentages). Cost share is 20%.
Topic Area 2: Reducing overall GHG emissions from WRRFs. Required GHG reductions of 25% minimum assessed at the overall plant level. The cost share is 50%.
The following domestic entities are eligible to participate on a project team as prime recipients or sub-recipient:
- WRRF Partners
- Non-profit organizations with at least five years’ experience with WRRF development and/or
- For-profit entities with at least five years’ experience with WRRF development and/or
- State, local, and tribal government entities that qualify as a WRRF Partner
The following domestic entities are eligible to participate on a project team:
- Institutions of higher education
- For-profit entities
- Non-profit entities
- State, local, and tribal government entities
- DOE/NNSA National Laboratories and non-DOE/NNSA National Laboratories/ Federally
Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs)
- Federal agencies and instrumentalities (other than DOE)
The cost share for Topic Area 1 must be at least 20% of the total allowable costs (i.e., the sum of the government share, including FFRDC costs if applicable, and the recipient share of allowable costs equals the total allowable cost of the project).
For Topic Area 2, the cost share requirement is 50% of the total allowable costs for the pilot, demonstration, and commercial application projects (Topic Area 2) and must come from non-federal sources unless otherwise allowed by law.
FUNDING AVAILABLE AND APPLICATION WINDOW:
FUNDING AVAILABILITY: $23,000,000
AWARDS: The awards will be issued as cooperative agreements with a period of performance of three to five years. The minimum award is between $2 million to$4 million depending on the topic area and the maximum award is $2.5 million to $4 million depending on the topic area.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Completed applications must be submitted electronically by no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on April 04, 2023. Potential applicants may submit a concept proposal for review by the Agency no later than January 27, 2023.