EPA Renewable Fuels and DOE Manufacturing Challenge
EPA Announces Final RFS Volumes For 2019 And Biomass Volumes for 2020
On November 30, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final renewable fuels volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2019 and the biomass-based diesel volumes for 2020. The final rule establishes that the 15-billion gallon targets originally set by Congress for 2019 will be maintained and primarily met by corn ethanol. Additionally, in 2019, advanced biofuel volumes will increase by 630 million gallons and cellulosic biofuel volumes by 130 million gallons over the 2018 standard. The biomass-based diesel volumes for 2020 will increase by 330 million gallons over the 2019 standard of 2.1 billion gallons.
DOE Announces Two New Manufacturing Innovator Challenge Prizes
On December 4, 2018, as part of its efforts to crowdsource solutions to increase energy productivity, DOE announced it will issue two new prizes as part of its Manufacturing Innovator Challenge. The first new prize focuses on Biobased Additive Manufacturing (BAM) and will be distributed to three winners. BAM involves the production of rapid prototyping of complex structures through biobased three-dimensional printing. To qualify for the BAM prize, candidates are required to identify new materials that are made from at least 90 percent plant matter or algae, and that can meet or improve the performance of current three-dimensional printing materials. Applications for this award are now open and must be submitted by January 10, 2019.
The second prize announced focuses on Novel Concepts for Large-Scale Three-Dimensional Printing, which will be awarded to three applicants as well. This prize aims to award applicants that identify spaces where three-dimensional printing can play a role in breakthrough technologies. Applications for this award are now open as well and must be submitted by February 1, 2019. The Challenge also includes other award opportunities that can be found here.