Department of Conservation Funds Forest Biomass to Advanced Biofuels Projects
The California Department of Conservation ((DOC) has approved grants to five BAC members to conduct the environmental planning and permitting for projects to convert forest waste to carbon negative biofuels including hydrogen and bio-oil. The projects will also include either biochar production or carbon capture and storage (CCS) to ensure that the fuels are carbon negative on a lifecycle basis.
The DOC grants are just the first round of funding that the agency will provide for advanced biofuels produced from forest waste (material that is removed for wildfire mitigation or forest health). The second round of funding will provide much larger grants for the facilities themselves.
The first rounds of DOC grants include:
Arbor Energy – will convert forest waste to hydrogen with CCS
Biogas Energy – will convert forest waste to bio-oil and biochar
Mote – will convert forest waste to power and transportation fuels with CCS
Sierra Institute – will convert forest waste to hydrogen with CCS
Yosemite Clean Energy – will convert forest waste to hydrogen
For more information about the grants and DOC’s forest biomass to carbon negative biofuels program, click here.