The Bioenergy Technologies Office of the US Department of Energy has begun to provide R&D fundingto the wood heater manufacturing community. To date, it has had two rounds of funding, with $10 million available. The DOE provides R&D funding to many different renewable energy technologies to "enable sustainable ... energy security, reliability and resilience while creating economic opportunities across the country." The Bioenergy Technologies Office "selects research and development projects through open and competitive procurements called Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) and encourages collaborative partnerships among:
- National laboratories
- Federal, state, and local governments, and
- Non-government agencies.
Now, the DOE is asking for input from the extended wood heater community about what the community needs to build cleaner and more efficient stoves. This likely indicates that they may change the focus of their funding next year. In the past, they provided funding for
- Novel and innovative residential wood heater designs to improve combustion chamber geometry, combustion air flow distribution, mixing of combustion air with gasification products, stove baffling designs, etc.
- Improvements in automation of stoves to optimize combustion control.
- Wood heater power generation via thermoelectric module integration
- Improvements in catalyst technologies for emissions reduction
Input should be sent to FY21MultiTopic@ee.doe.gov and is due by 5:00 PM September 21, 2020. We have reproduced the details of the Request for Information below (except we omitted language about a parallel ROI on biofuels). For the full text, click here.
FY 2021 Bioenergy Technologies Office Multi-Topic RFI (DE-FOA-0002386)