Department of Energy to award $79M for bioenergy research and development

By Cody Ellis, Waste Dive

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $79.3 million in funding for bioenergy research and development earlier this month. Of the 10 areas of interest (AOI), some of the most relevant to the waste industry are renewable energy from urban and suburban wastesdesigning “highly recyclable plastics,”and “rethinking” anaerobic digestion.

Funding from DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is meant to bolster the United States’ ability to remain competitive in “the emerging bioeconomy,” with a focus on “terrestrial and algal biomass, biogas, and other waste streams.” This announcement also supports the “Water Security Grand Challenge,” because of its focus on anaerobic digestion. Read more here.