The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it will make available up to $19m in federal funding for the advancement of technologies that utilise waste carbon to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Funded through the DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM)’s Carbon Utilisation Program, the funding will also allow the production feedstocks for biotechnologies. 

Named ‘Carbon Utilisation Technology: Improving Efficient Systems for Algae’, the programme aims to increase the carbon capture ability of algal systems before being utilised as biofuels and bioproducts – contributing to BETO’s goal of producing at least 3bn gallons of sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) by 2030. 

This is to be focused on as part of two ‘Topic Area’s’, the first of which centres around the efficiency of utilising carbon from biomass- or atmospheric-based carbon dioxide (CO2) sources, and the second which will study the decarbonisation of industry through algae-based technology. 

Commenting on the funding opportunity agreement (FOA), Kelly Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, EERE, said, “Algae technology provides not only an exceptional carbon sink, but a versatile material product which offers solutions to sustainability challenges from fuel to plastics.”