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California Energy Commission to provide $2.45m for research into renewable natural gas

CTBR Staff Writer Published 07 January 2013

The California Energy Commission plans to award $2.45m to a maximum of five projects under its Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) initiative to accelerate research, development and demonstration of advanced technologies that produce renewable natural gas for transportation.

Projects expected to be funded must employ feedstock such as waste-based biomass; agricultural residues; purpose-grown fuel crops; woody biomass and forest residues; animal manures; food waste; municipal solid waste; and sewage.

The funding from CEC will be available over a four-year term for each project, with no single application expected to be awarded over $820,000.

Bench-scale projects will be awarded a maximum of $400,000 while working demonstration unit and prototype development projects can be awarded a maximum of $820,000.

Targeted projects under the initiative include those that incorporate bench-scale research and development and/or prototype-scale demonstration of advanced technologies that demonstrate the potential to supply renewable natural gas transportation fuels in California.