In November 2019, the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Plastics Innovation Challenge, a comprehensive program to accelerate innovations in energy-efficient plastics recycling technologies.
This FOA will support high-impact R&D for plastics by developing new plastics that are
capable of efficient recyclability and improving recycling strategies that can break existing plastics into chemical building blocks that can be used to make higher-value products.
DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) develops technologies that convert domestic biomass and waste resources into fuels, products, and power to enable affordable energy, economic growth, and innovation in renewable energy and chemicals production.
DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) develops technologies that drive energy productivity improvements in the U. S. manufacturing sector, efficiently utilize abundant and available domestic energy resources, and support the manufacture of clean energy products with benefits extending across the economy.
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support high-impact technology research and development (R&D) to enable the development of technologies that overcome the challenges associated with plastic waste.
Topic Areas include:
1) Highly Recyclable or Biodegradable Plastics:
develop new plastics that have improved performance attributes over a comparable existing plastic that can be cost-effectively recycled or biodegrade completely in the environment or in compost facilities.
2) Novel Methods for Deconstructing and Upcycling Existing Plastics:
generate energy efficient recycling technologies (mechanical, chemical, or biological) that are capable of breaking plastic streams into intermediates which can be upgraded into higher value products.
3) BOTTLE Consortium Collaborations to Tackle Challenges in Plastic Waste:
create collaborations with the Bio-Optimized Technologies to Keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment (BOTTLE) Laboratory Consortium to further the long-term goals of the Consortium and the Plastics Innovation Challenge.
Interested parties are directed to visit https://eere-exchange.energy.gov for the full Funding Opportunity Announcement.
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