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September 17, 2018

California Energy Commission GRANT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program Demonstration-Scale Biofuels Production Facilities.  


The California Energy Commission’s (Energy Commission’s) Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) announces the availability of up to $6,000,000 in grant funds for biofuels projects that scale-up, scale-out, and prove a technology or process at the first demonstration-scale biofuels production facilities at a site specific location.


Deadline to Submit Pre-Application Abstract Due by 5:00 p.m.* September 20, 2018

Anticipated Posting of Pre-Application Abstract Results October 12, 2018

Deadline for Written Questions* October 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Anticipated Distribution of Questions/Answers November 5, 2018

Deadline to Submit Full Applications by 5:00 p.m.* November 19, 2018

Anticipated Notice of Proposed Awards Posting December 19, 2018


To be eligible under this solicitation, projects must:


·                     Develop the first of its kind demonstration-scale biofuel production facility at a site specific location that proves a technology or process in the field, develops an eligible biofuel product, and develops a market for the technology.


·                     Meet the definition of Technology Readiness Level 6 (see Attachment 13).


·                     Scale-up the technology, by increasing the size of the facility, quantity of fuel produced, or activities performed at the facility.


·                     Scale-out the technology by collecting a minimum of 500 hours over a six month period of performance data.


·                     All eligible biofuel production facilities and existing biorefineries must be located in California. Project construction and operations work must also occur in California.


·                     Produce an eligible biofuel for transportation use.


·                     Demonstrate that the proposed project will reduce on-road motor vehicle air emissions.

·                     Meet the Minimum Technical Requirements.



Eligible Fuel Types and Feedstock Resources


For purposes of this solicitation, eligible biofuels include the following:


Diesel substitutes. These include renewable diesel, biodiesel, or other suitable substitutes, including Dimethyl Ether (DME). These products can be used in pure form or blended.


Gasoline substitutes. These include ethanol, biobutanol, renewable gasoline, or other suitable substitutes. These products can be used in pure form or blended.


Biomethane. Biomethane is renewable natural gas produced from organic material.


                        NOTE: Renewable hydrogen, and non-renewable hydrogen, aviation fuel, marine fuel, and other off-road fuels are NOT eligible biofuels for this solicitation.


For purposes of this solicitation, eligible feedstocks must be organic material not derived from fossil fuels or inorganic greenhouse gases, including but not limited to:


·                     Pre-landfilled waste-based biomass

·                     Alternative purpose-grown crops

·                     Agricultural residues

·                     Biocrude

·                     Woody biomass and forest residues

·                     Animal manures





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